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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Summer School: A look at how local athletes sharpen their skills in the summer

This summer we’re highlighting some area athletes who are working hard to develop their talents in the offseason. Our first athlete is Good Counsel basketball standout Amanda Fioravanti:

“I feel dead,” Fioravanti said one afternoon this week as she caught her breath post-workout, a few hours before playing a summer league game. At one point, she wordlessly tossed her water bottle to her dad, Tony, for a refill. “Some of the things may not look hard, but your body feels them, really, a lot, right after.”
Fioravanti’s efforts are not only to get ready for her senior season playing for defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Good Counsel but also to prepare for college. The 6-foot-1 forward has narrowed her choices to Virginia, George Washington, Memphis, Pitt, St. Joseph’s and Wake Forest.
On this particular afternoon, she and O’Donovan dedicated much of the hour to vertical leaping, using a VertiMax machine that applies resistance, and other complementary drills, including pivoting and then jumping on a two-foot-high platform.

Read the full account from Preston Williams and check out video of Fioravanti’s grueling workout.

Do you know of an athlete who is going the extra mile this summer and should be included in our series? Contact us at hss@washpost.com or on Twitter, @allmetsports.

By Washington Post editors  |  01:28 PM ET, 07/02/2012

 
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