Machine Aquatics Team Update 5.31.2017

This is the weekly communication for Machine Aquatics. Please take a moment to review all of the information. The Team Update will include practice and schedule changes, meet announcements, upcoming events and sport specific articles.

Practice Changes for this Weekend

UMD:

Due to the Richmond travel meet there will be no practice on Saturday, 6/3. We will hold practice for the below groups at Fairland on Sunday, 6/4. 

High performance orange and silver 8:00-10:00am

Gears green and orange and micros 8:30-10:00am

Fairland:

Due to the Richmond travel meet there will be no practice on Saturday, 6/3. We will hold practice for the below groups at Fairland on Sunday, 6/4. 

High performance orange and silver 8:00-10:00am

Gears green and orange and micros 8:30-10:00am

Westwood:

Sunday - 

6:00 - 8:00 am for National/National Prep/Senior and HP Orange groups. 

7:45 - 9:15 am for the HP Silver, Age Group and Micro Machine groups.

Registration for 2017-2018 Season

We is open registration for our existing families. Registration for new families will begin in June. In order to secure your preferred workout, you should plan to register before we open to new families.

Meet Information for this Weekend

Poseidon SuperHero Splashdown Meet - Parent travel

Collegiate School Aquatics Center, 

5050 Ridgedale Parkway, 

Richmond, VA 23234

June 2-4, 2017

ALL events will be positive check in and deck seeded!

Positive check in will be as follows:

Friday:  Positive check in closes at 4:30pm, as stated in the meet invitation.  Session begins 5:10pm

Saturday and Sunday Morning:  Positive check in will close at  7:15am  Session begins at 8:00am

Saturday & Sunday afternoon:  Positive check in will close at 1:00 pm.  Session begins at 1:45pm

Chase starts will be utilized. 

We will need to provide timers for the meet. Click here to sign up.

Click here for the timeline.

Click here for the warm up assignments.

Click here for the psych sheet. (Not posted as of 12:30 pm, but this is where it will be.)

Click here for the meet announcement.

Upcoming Meet Information

PVS Age Group/Senior 1

Audrey Moore Rec Center

8110 Braddock Road

Annandale, VA

June 11, 2017

Open to registered long course swimmers only.

entries are past due.

Click here for the meet announcement.

PVS LC Distance Meet

Fairland Aquatic Center

June 17-18, 2017

Click here for the meet announcement.

entries are past due.

PVS Age Group/Senior 2

Audrey Moore Rec Center

Annandale, VA

June 25, 2017

Open to registered long course swimmers only.

Entries are due by Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Click here to register for the meet.

Click here for the meet announcement.

Long Course Meet Schedule

Swimmers registered for the long course season will have the opportunity to compete in the following meets this summer.

PVS Junior/Senior Champs

Freedom Aquatic Center

Manassas, VA

July 6-9, 2017

PVS LC Age Group Champs

Fairland Aquatic Center

Laurel, MD

July 20-23, 2017

Machine Summer Sendoff Meet

Fairland Aquatic Center

Laurel, MD

July 30, 2017

NCSA LC Juniors - Machine Travel

Indianapolis, IN

August 1-5, 2017

LC Senior Zone Champs - Machine Travel

Buffalo, NY

August 3-6, 2017

Eastern Zone LC Champs - PVS Travel

Richmond, VA

August 9-12, 2017

Nutrition Article of the Week

What is a Healthy Food…And Does it Matter?

When talking to young athletes, someone will always ask about a specific food or beverage and says, “is this healthy?” My answer is, “it depends.” More on the reason why it depends a little later in the column.

Food marketers have a simple goal: get you to buy more of their food. What they know is that if a food carries a health claim on the package, sales go up. (Check out this overview on the more than 1,000 public comments to the Food and Drug Administration on defining “healthy.”).

A recent survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation also found that we think a food is healthier if it is fresh versus frozen (even if the nutritional value is identical), if it costs more, if it is a brand name versus a store-brand, or if it is purchased from a natural foods store versus grocery or convenience store.

Let’s break down some of the health claims on food products that might be fooling you into believing they are healthier than they really are:

    •    Wheat bread versus white bread. Wheat bread sounds healthier than white bread, but bread is made from wheat, whether is labeled white bread or wheat bread. If you want the healthier whole wheat bread, you have look at the ingredient list for “whole wheat flour” as the first ingredient.

    •    5-grain bread versus wheat bread. The confusion here comes from the word “grain.” You might know that whole grains are healthy, but a bread touring 5-grains may not contain any whole grains. Again, the only way to know if there are whole grains is to look at the ingredient list.

    •    Sugar-free yogurt. Yogurt (and milk) contain the sugar lactose; a naturally occurring sugar. Unfortunately, the nutrition label does not separate naturally occurring sugar from added sugar. A 5.3-ounce carton of yogurt (typical single serving size) can contain 4-20 grams of sugar; less sugar for plain yogurt and more for vanilla or fruit-flavored. A good goal is to stick to yogurt with 15 grams of sugar (the equivalent of 3 teaspoons of sugar) or less.

    •    Any food labelled as “natural.” There is no defining natural; a potato chip labeled as natural is not healthier than plain old chips.

Back to the opening question: “Is it healthy?” No single food can provide you with good health. It is the total diet that is important. Swimmers require many calories to get them through training and competition, so if most of your food choices are healthful, don’t worry about a single food derailing a healthy diet.