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upperciass leadership and have done
a great job performing and motivat-
ing others to do well," McGuire said.
"If everyone is a better athlete, we
will be a better team."
Junior Kelly Chard, who was an
All-Big Ten performer two years ago
but missed all of last season with a
foot injury, is expected to return to
form this season.
"Michigan has other veteran run-
ners returning as well.
Juniors Molly Lori and Heather
Grigg along with sophomore Jenny
Barber look to provide the Wolver-
ines with the quality depth needed to
succeed in Big Ten competition.
In addition, the Wolverines' recruit-
iingclass, which includes standout twins
Deanna and Pauline Arnill, is expected
to pay immediate dividends. It is counted
op to help make up for the loss of
MjcClimon and All-Big Ten performer
Chris Szabo to graduation.
The Wolverines started the season
on the right foot, winning their open-
ing meet at the Miami (Ohio) In vita-
tional, Sept. 10th. Harvey captured
first place with a time of 17:28
4Saturday the Wolverines look to
defend their title against sixth-ranked
Brigham Young and No. 11 Oregon
at the Mountain Classic West in
Missoula, Mont.
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Daily Sports Writer
Playing without nationally ranked
star player and All-Big Ten selection
Dan Brakus will be a lot to overcome,
and the Michigan men's tennis team
began that phase over the weekend with
a good showing at the Tom Fallon
Invitational Tournament at Notre Dame.
Brakus, last year's Big Ten Player
of the Year, graduated and left a hole
in the lineup that will not be easy to
fill. Juniors Peter Pusztai and John
Costanzo will attempt to fill that void.
Pusztai led the Wolverines with
an impressive performance by reach-
ing the semifinals in Flight A singles.
Pusztai began the tournament with
a first-round bye before beating Marty
Engel of Northern Illinois, 6-3, 6-2,
in the second round. He followed that
match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over
Kentucky's Ford Lankford in the
quarterfinals and a close 6-4,6-3 semi-
final loss to Notre Dame's Mike
Sprouse, the Flight A champion.
Pusztai was disappointed about
his loss.
"I improved my backhand and had
good strokes, but my shots, weren't
hard or deep, and I served badly," he
said. "Sprouse has good backhand

slice and mixes the pace well. He's a
steady, consistent player."
Also in Flight A singles, Costanzo
played well, as he reached the
In the second round, Costanzo, an
All-Big Ten selection last year, dis-
patched Michigan State's Jason
Bedford, 7-5, 6-2, after a first-round
bye. In the quarterfinals, he lost, 6-2,
7-5, to Notre Dame's Ryan Simme,
who reached the Flight A finals.
Pusztai and Costanzo were not the
only ones who performed well. Sopho-
more Brad Kramer also was impres-
sive, as he won two matches in Flight
C singles. In Flight B singles, seniors
Adam Wager and Chris Wyatt and
freshman David Paradzik notched one
victory apiece. Junior Geoff Prentice
and freshman Arvid Swan teamed for
two doubles victories, as did Wager
and Wyatt.
Swan and Paradzik shined in their
collegiate debuts. Swan, who won
easily in his first-round match over
Purdue's Ryan Maggert, 6-1,6-2, fol-
lowed with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 loss to
Kentucky's top player.
"I was nervous playing against a
nationally ranked player," Swan said.
"I'll feel more comfortable with more

collegiate tournaments under my belt."
Assistant coach Dan Goldberg was
satisfied with the team's play in the
"We had a pretty solid perfor-
-mance and we look forward to a pretty
good year," he said.
Though Pusztai reached the semifi-
nals, no Michigan player made the fi-
nals in any of the flights. This could
have been due to having only three days
of practice prior to the tournament.
"It was a matter of getting prac-
tice, because everyone was rusty,"
Pusztai said. "We were making un-
usual mistakes and we didn't have
very much practice or match play
before the tournament."
"I think we performed fairly well0
with only three days' practice," Swan
said. "We were the second-best team
Goldberg believes that Brakus will
be hard to replace, but thinks that the
team can still succeed.
"Brakus was the best in the Big
Ten last year," he said. "But this year,
we are stronger in doubles and have
more depth."
The Wolverines next travel to At-
lanta for the Georgia Tech Invita-
tional October 3-9.

Men's crew hopes to row on higher level

Michigan junior Peter Pusztai reached the semifinals in last weekend's Tom
Fallon Invitational at Notre Dame.

For The Daily
Ah, the Midwest. Home to some
of America's most beloved sports:
football, baseball, basketball, soccer,
softball, hockey, and ... crew?
With the thousands of lakes and
bodies of water in the fair state of
Michigan, it is a wonder that many in-
staters know so little about this sport.
It is also a marvel that Michigan,
one of the nation's top public schools,
isn't a rowing super-power on the na-
tional level. Instead, most of the best
teams usually come from the East.
This is probably because the men's

crew team here is still only a club sport.
But men's coach Greg Hartsuff
feels that Michigan's first varsity eight
has a chance to be a major contender
in the league this fall and spring.
"I'm really looking to beat one of
the Ivy League (teams) this year at the
Ohio Head Invitational," Hartsuff said.
The major competitors from the
eastern schools are Cornell, MIT, and
last year's national champion, Brown.
Also on the Wolverine hit list are
rowing powers Miami (Fla.), George
Washington and Georgetown.
Last season, the Wolverines beat
Virginia for the first time in their

history, making Michigan one of the
top club teams in the nation.
The club is being led this year by
some very strong returning rowers, Se-
nior Matt Beelen is bursting into his
fourth year of rowing after spending the
summer at the U.S. National Camp.
Other returning big guns include
seniors Chris Booms and Chris
Higgins. Also, Jay Steele, a transfer
from Drexel, should be a strong leader
on the team.
"Rowing is like Othello," assis-
tant novice coach James Lyon said.
"It takes a minute to learn, but a
lifetime to master."

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