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Health setback helped Salem State athlete focus on future

SALEM — For Salem State senior Lauren DiCredico, 21, of Tewksbury, athletics has been all about heart.

Forced to take off two semesters from collegiate softball and field hockey because of a heart condition called post-viral cardiomyopathy, the honors student has been cleared to play in the spring. She’ll be spending her Christmas break preparing her pitching arm and regaining her strength for her last season before graduation.

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