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January 06, 1989 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-06

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SPORTS

Winging It

Former Compuware Junior hockey star
Justin Duberman is now a
promising freshman at
the University of North Dakota.

MIKE ROSENBAUM

Sports Writer

Mike Rosenbaum

A

fter living in metropoli-
tan Chicago, New York
and Detroit during the
past five years, Justin
Duberman has settled his
traveling hockey show in Grand
Forks, N.D.
Duberman, a Highland Park, Ill.
native, starred with Detroit Corn-
puware's Junior A team the past two
seasons. But he is now starting
almost from scratch as a freshman

right wing with the traditionally
strong University of North Dakota
squad.
After a slow start, Duberman is
adapting to college hockey. •
_ "Things've been going well;' he
says. "It's a tough adjustment going
from junior to college . . . I didn't start
off quite the way I wanted to. But it
just makes me work that much
harder and bear down a little bit
more. Things are starting to turn

around for me. Din starting to play
well now I've got my confidence back.
I'm not worried!'
Fighting Sioux coach Gino
Gasparini says Duberman is progess-
ing about as well as a freshman can.
"He's doing very well . . . He's seen a
lot of ice-time for us. He's had some
very, very good games and he's had
some games that he's been so-so. He's
played like a rookie. A lot of rookies
play on both ends of the spectrum.

College hockey's a tough jump!'
The superior defensive play in col-
lege is the toughest adjustment for
Duberman. "Everywhere you go
there's somebody on you. It's tough to
break free. Also the speed . . . but
after your first couple games you
realize, hey, these guys, they're not
great; they're not that much better
than you. You go out and do your job
and your confidence just gets better
every day!'

Askenazy Leads Brandeis Swimmers

MIKE ROSENBAUM

Sports Writer

B

erkley High School graduate
Lisa Askenazy is wrapping
up a four-year swimming ca-
reer at Brandeis University in
Massachusetts.
Askenazy is the women's captain
this season, giving her a key role in
and out Of the pool.
Askenazy explains that she and
the men's captain meet with coach
Jim Zotz every week to discuss team
performance and fund-raising.
The team is in Puerto Rico for a
training trip this week. Most of the
swimmers' fund-raising efforts go
toward that trip.
"We run a swim lesson program
that we've been volunteering for,
every Saturday morning, as a fund-
raiser," says Askenazy. "I'm in charge
of organizing the swim program, coor-
dinating it . . . Also other types of
fund-raisers, special activities!'
While her role as the only senior
woman swimmer is important to the
team, Askenazy says that acting as a
leader also helps her. "I'm getting a
lot out of it, being in that role, rather

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1989

than being just another swimmer!'
Askenazy was a four-year letter-
winner at Berkley. She was captain
and team most valuable swimmer as
a senior. She was voted All Area in
her junior and senior years by the
Royal Oak Tribune. She swam in the
AAU state meet for four years,
through age 16, for the Royal Oak

Lisa Askenazy: From Berkley to Brandeis.

Penguins, specializing in the 200
butterfly.
At Brandeis, Askenazy set the
school 200 butterfly record as a
freshman, which has since been
broken. She swims many events,
although she still excells in the but-
terfly. Askenazy has qualified for the
New England Championships in each
of her three years and swam in the in-
augural University Athletic Associa-
tion championship meet last year.
This season, says Askenazy, is
"going really well. We have a small
squad so everyone has to swim a lot.
Since I swim almost all the strokes I
have to be really versatile. I swim but-
terfly, backstroke, breaststroke and
individual medley?'
Askenazy hopes to post another
school record before her senior season
ends. "I'm shooting to get the 400 in-
dividual medley school record and I'd
like to do really well at New
England!" Askenazy says she did not
swim well at last year's New England
meet, following a half-year of study-
ing in Spain. As a sophomore she
placed 15th in the meet in the 200
butterfly. "I want to place well in that
again and in some of my other
events!'

Askenazy says that the Division
III school, which joined the UAA last
year, is building a multi-million
dollar athletic complex. The first
phase, which includes the Red Auer-
bach Gymnasium, will be completed
in three years. Auerbach, the legen-
dary general manager and former
championship coach of the Boston
Celtics basketball team, came to
Brandeis with some current Celtics
for a fund-raiser last year.
"I think athletics are becoming
more and more of a priority at
Brandeis:' says Askenazy. She adds
that academics will remain the top
priority at the school. She is majoring
in economics.
Askenazy hopes to join a master's
swim program after settling into her
business career. Meanwhile, she will
help lead Brandeis into the second
half of its season.
"In swimming, basically you train
for the last meets of the year," she
says. "We have some tough meets
when we come back (from Puerto
Rico), dual-meet competition. But the
last two meets of the year are the
UAA championships and New
England!' Both those meets are in
February. ❑

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