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RENO News - 2/10/20

Good Morning,

As a reminder, there will be NO practice this Thursday or Friday due to Northwest being closed for a pump replacement. Normal practice is scheduled to resume Saturday morning. Swimmers attending Sectionals will have a modified schedule.

Please read through this week’s email for important Reno Aquatic Club information.

Swim for Funds

We are in the middle of our biggest annual fundraiser, Swim for Funds. Help us reach this week’s goal of obtaining 25 online donations by the end of the week. Click here to donate online. As of now, we only have 5 online donations. 

RENO is a nonprofit organization, a portion of our budget comes from fundraisers to help cover our operational costs. We thank you for your support!

Douglas Dolfins Valentines Meet

Reno Aquatic Club had a very successful swim meet in Minden over the weekend! Although there weren’t official team awards, according to MeetMobile, RENO’s boys had the most points of any team. They scored 146 more points than second place. The RENO girls had the second most points, only 17 points short of first place.

In the combined standings, RENO was the top team! I am really happy to see these results especially since the team didn’t participate in events on Friday. 

The coaching staff was very pleased with the all the swimmers performance. We saw tough racing and good execution of race strategies. This was definitely another step in the right direction for RENO. Way to go!

Click here for the results.

Next Local Meet – March 21 - 22

For non-high school swimmers who are not competing at Pacific JOs, the next meet will be the NNA Age Group Open at Northwest Pool on March 21 – 22. This will be the last short course meet for the spring, so we would like to see a great turnout. Event sheets will be handed out to your swimmer this week.

TYR Fitting

In case you missed last week’s email, Reno Aquatic Club is now sponsored by TYR! Click here for the details. On Thursday, February 20, Conejo Swimworks will be at Northwest to fit our swimmers for the team suits and warm-ups. I will have more info next week. 

If your child needs training equipment, please do your best to order the TYR products through our online store. Click here to access it.

Upcoming Practice Changes

No practice on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14. Sectional swimmers will have a modified schedule.

On Monday, February 17 (President's Day), Pre-Senior, Senior, and National will have morning practice at Northwest. Pre-Senior will swim from 7 - 8:30 AM and Senior and National will swim from 7 - 9 AM. No evening practice.

Starting Monday, February 24, all weekday afternoon/evening practices at Northwest will start AND finish 15-minutes later. This is due to the Washoe County high school swim season. 

Parent Education

It’s definitely cold and flu season and with many championship meets on the horizon it’s important for our swimmers to do all they can to avoid getting sick. Here are some tips from TrueSport: 

Add More Colors 

Fruits and vegetables can be powerful medicine. TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, recommends eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily from all the colors of the rainbow – preferably, two fruits and three vegetables.

This helps ensure that your child is getting the vitamins they need to stay healthy: vitamins A, C, and E are all critical to a high-functioning immune system.

Add Zinc-Containing Foods 

Researchers have found that zinc can boost immune function in children, yet globally, one in six people are deficient in the mineral. Foods high in zinc include red meat, shellfish, chickpeas, lentils, hemp seeds, cashews, and dairy. If you have a picky eater, try these delicious options:

  • Granola or oatmeal with low-fat milk
  • DIY trail mix: cheerios, raisins, peanuts
  • Peanut butter on whole grain bread
  • Turkey, ham, or roast beef sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Hamburger on a whole grain bun

Limit Processed Foods

The Cleveland Clinic also recommends limiting processed foods for your young athlete, as the gut bacteria that thrive on highly-processed sugars aren’t as immune-system-boosting as the bacteria that thrive on a healthier, high-fiber diet.

Encourage your athlete to consume more whole foods, including brightly colored fruits and veggies, as well as zinc-rich foods.

Add Pre- and Probiotic-Rich Foods

Probiotics – live, helpful bacteria that are naturally found in your body, can also help boost a child’s immunity during cold and flu season. A recent study on allergy prevention and treatment shows a decrease in upper respiratory infections in people using probiotics, and they can guard against viral infections. 

Rather than popping a pill, introduce fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, kombucha, and kimchi. If you have a picky eater, consult your family physician to get a recommendation on whether a probiotic is right for your child. 

Ziesmer adds, “Prebiotics provide probiotics with food. These include foods like bananas, garlic, onions, whole wheat bread, and asparagus.”

Bonus Tip: Remind Them to Wash Their Hands 

Proper hand-washing is the number one recommendation when it comes to preventing the flu from spreading, so even with a boosted immune system, it’s still important to help your athlete get in the habit of washing their hands frequently and effectively by rubbing soapy hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds.

While you can never completely safeguard against your child getting sick during the cold and flu months, with a few simple preventative measures – that are all healthy habits anyway – you can help boost their immune system. – TrueSport

Each week, I update the Parent Education section on our website with the newest article.   Please click here to access it.

Meet Schedule

Our spring meet schedule is posted.   Please click here for the full schedule.

Here are the upcoming meets:

February 27 - March 1 - CA/NV Senior Sectionals in Carlsbad, CA (all qualified)

February 29 - March 1 - Pacific Zone All-Star Meet in Santa Clara, CA (all selected)

March 13 - 15 - Pacific Junior Olympics in Santa Clara, CA (all 14-under qualified)

March 16 - 22 - Spring break for Senior/National Groups -- NO practice

March 21 - 22 - NNA Age Group Open in Reno (all non-HS swimmers who did not go to JOs)

March 23 - 29 - Spring Break for Pre-Senior groups and below -- NO practice

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Thank you and Go RENO!

Ryan