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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, november 19, 1993

Crew battles Buckeyes
in fall sprints finale

Big Ten cagers look
to maintain stature

By TOM SEELEY
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
With a long winter of condition-
ing on the horizon, the Michigan
men's and women's crew teams head
into the final race of the fall season.
The rowers will face Ohio State to-
morrow on Argo Pond to conclude
their fall season.
Tomorrow's race is the first sprint
race the teams will compete in this
year. So far the teams have raced in
head races where the courses are
longer and teams row against the clock
in staggered beginnings. Sprints are
much shorter and more intense than
head races and feature literal head-to-
head competition.
Since sprints are what the teams will
be competing in when their seasons
resume in the spring, men's coach Greg
Hartsuff is eager for the teams to get the
feel of sprint racing under their belts.
"This race is about getting out any
jitters they have about sprinting and
to also answer any questions they
have about it before the spring season

begins," Hartsuff said.
Women's coach Mark Rothstein
heads into this race with a much better
coxswain situation than he has faced
in the past.
"We had three coxswains quit the
team this fall and that has made run-
ning practices difficult," Rothstein
said. "However, recently we have
gotten a few new coxswains, includ-
ing a rower who switched over to
being a coxswain. I would like to see
this race get them acclimated to their
new roles."
After this race, the crews begin
their winter conditioning.
"We will spend about ten hours a
week on ergometers (high tech row-
ing machines) in addition to a lot of
running, weights, and general calis-
thenics," Hartsuff said.
Rothstein commented that much of
the women's success this spring is de-
pendent on their winter conditioning.
"If we want to get where we want
to be, we need to get faster," Rothstein
said.

By SCOTT BURTON
and J.L. ROSTAM-ABADI w
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITERS
INDIANAPOLIS - In 1992-93,
Big Ten women's basketball had one
of its most impressive years. How-
ever, the coaches at the Big Ten
women's basketball tipoff luncheon
yesterday stressed that it is crucial to
prove this season that their confer-
ence is indeed one of the leaders in
Division I.
"This is truly a league that keeps
you awake from January on," Penn
State coach Rene Portland said. "I
think credibility is necessary this year.
We don't want to be a flash-in-the-
pan conference. The challenges of
consistency are the ones that are put
in front of the league."
Last year, Ohio State and Iowa
made their way to the Final Four in
the NCAA Tournament, with the
Buckeyes coming within one shot of
winning the title game. Such national
success helped elevate the Big Ten to
the level of the SEC qnd the ACC, as
one of the top three conferences in the
nation.
"A big milestone for us obviously
was to get teams into the Final Four,"
Wisconsin coach Mary Murphy said.
"I think that's going to go a long way
to giving our conference credibility,
much like the Southeastern Confer-
ence has."
In the USA Today/CNN pre-
season poll, three Big Ten teams
(OSU, Iowa, and Penn State) are
ranked in the top ten. And with the
NCAA expanding to 64 teams this
season, many of the coaches in the
Big Ten feel that up to eight teams
in their conference can qualify for
the tournament.

Women's basketball has the po-
tential to be the next major sport for
Big Ten schools. This conference
leads all others in attendance and has
just secured broadcasting contracts
with CBS, ESPN, and SportsChannel.
"Right now, women's basketball
is the only legitimate candidate to be
a new revenue producing sport,"
Purdue coach Lin Dunn said. "We've
almost drained the potential of men's
basketball and football."
Women's basketball also appears
to be on the verge of a booming na-
tional popularity growth.
"I'm pleased to see the tremen-
dous national attention that college
women's basketball is getting," Dunn
said. "The fact that our Final Four
was sold out last year, that it's already
sold out this year, indicates to me that
it's just really on the verge of explod-
ing as far as attention, attendance,
everything."
Another topic raised at this year's
luncheon was the expansion of the
Big Ten officiating crew to three
people per game. Most of the coaches
lauded the decision, noting that a two-
person crew often overlooked many
calls in the conference's notoriously
up-tempo games.
"At firstI was skeptical-I thought
we'd have a lot more whistles," Michi-
gan coach Trish Roberts said. "But
what has happened is that they have
such a smaller area to cover now, that
they can see a lot more and be able to
clean the game up a little more."
Coaches' goals for the upcoming
season were also high on the agenda.
Most coaches predict the Big Ten will
be more balanced this year, leaving
the door open for ambitious expecta-
tions.

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Jennifer Brzezinski and the rest of the women's basketball team hope to
improve upon last season. The Wolverines won just two games last year.
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