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Linda Detlefseni Not only is Linda Detlefsen a University of Georgia track standout, but she is also a competent student of both French and Art. Linda sets her goals high, and her performances show this, as well as her dedication to the sport of running. Linda tends to give her coach. Bill Sheskey, a lot of the cred it for her recent successes in the Georgia track program, but her fine spirit and " kick " are the real keys to her winning percentages. Miss Detlefsen is credited with be- ing All-SEC three times in her track career. Linda has won or placed high in many races, but there are a few elite races that should be men- tioned. She was the Knights of Co- lumbus one mile champion in Febru- ary of 1983. New York ' s Millrose Games of 1984 held a third place fin- ish for Linda in the one mile run. This race also held a personal best time for her of 4:40.80 in the one mile run. Linda ' s 800 meter run time of 2:07.72 in the Dartmouth Relays was yet another personal high. Miss Det- lefsen commented that her finest thrill as a racer was her running in the 1983 N.C.A.A. Championships in Houston, Texas. Her time in this 1,500 meter run was a stunning 4:16.77, but it was Linda ' s burst of speed at the end of the race that ex- hilerated her the most. After com- pletion of this N.C.A.A. Champion- ship run Linda found herself ranked 15th in the country. With her four years on the U.G.A. track team Lin- da has accomplished many feats. Not only has she won all of the above honors, but she has also twice been named an N.C.A.A. AU-Ameri- can. Linda ' s accomplishments are no fluke. She has worked many hard hours to earn her awards. Linda ' s training consists of many different activities. She runs three miles four times a week; two times a week she works with free weights, and runs six to eight miles every other day. Linda has also taken up biking, which she believes has a positive effect on her running. The future for Linda looks bright. Her goals include helping coach Georgia women ' s track, running for Athletics West, and making the U.S.A. Olympic team. In 1984, she is striving to make the finals of the Olympic trials and in 1988, Linda hopes she will be at her peak and make the Olympic team. As Linda ' s running career at U.G.A. comes near its end, we see that she has given women ' s track a good name and her spirit for competition will likely en- courage many future track partici- pants. LINDA DETLEFSEN 195
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I » I I I T 1r - " ' ' Kathy McMinn 1 isl To some, being an All-Ameri- can gymnast sounds like a glamorous life. But living it is something different. From the Na- tional meet last April until the next meet m April, Kathy McMinn spends at least 4 1 2 hours a day in the gym. That may not .sound like a lot, but during school it can be hec- tic. Classes m the morning, all after- noon m the gym, and studying at night doesn ' t leave much time for anything else. Kathy also must spend 1 1 2 hours two days a week in therapy because of her bad shoul- ders. Kathy has been practicing gym since she was 13 years old in her local YMCA. Eager to catch up be- cause of her age, Kathy worked hard. There was no real reason ex- cept that she just wanted to. When a scholarship was offered, she realized how fortunate she was for having spent all that time practicing. " I ate, slept, and breathed gym when I was younger, that ' s all I wanted to do, " kathy said of those early years. Of course there were benefits that went along with all the hard work. Kathy traveled almost every week- end in winter quarter for gym meets. " Traveling to places like Or- egon and Utah representing your school looks good on your resume. " Kathy said. " In collegiate level com- petition you meet .so many people that you see pretty often anti grow to enjoy, " Kathy added. Also. Kathy said of another benefit: What did it take to keep up with the rigorous schedule? Discipline and managing your time is the mswer according to kathy. Though Kathy admitted that she can make time for what ' s impor- tant, like AED. the pre-med honor society, and the Golden Key honor society. Being the only UGA gymnast to be AU-American three times makes it a bit easier to swallow the work outs and the little free lime. Going for a fourth title was Kathy ' s goal this year, then she gets to try being a regular student. Soon all the glory, hard work, and tough schedule will be over, but not until after a " smash- ing " spring Cjuartcr. J5»iiston ' .)i KAI ' IIY M,MI
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Senior Athletes Offer Guidance Senior is a term generally de- noting age or status. The word senior, however, connotes much more. A senior possesses ex- perience and wisdom which can be gained only through living and learning. The role of a senior athlete is viewed as a role model by his younger teammates and is looked to for team leadership by coaches. New to a team, young athletes need guidance and a source of wis- dom and experience. What better place to go than to a senior? Each senior has been a newcomer at some point. Hopefully, by relating what he has learned, he can help make the young athletes ' transition into colle- giate athletics a smooth one. Often a senior and his accomplishments be- come a goal towards which the nov- ice can work. Seniors become prima- ry example setters and establish the atmosphere within which the team exists. If a senior is helpful and con- cerned about the younger team- mates, the atmosphere is one of co- maraderie. Whereas, if a senior ' s at- titude is not one of welcome, the team ' s relation may become strained. While the younger team members look to seniors for a model, coaches look to them for leadership. Seniors have been through the program for four or more years and each knows the " ins and outs " . With the seniors ' guidance, the orientation period of the new members can be completed with the utmost ease. The seniors acquaint the younger teammates with written rules and traditions as well as those unspoken codes that are assumed to be understood within the team. Seniors help younger ath- letes adjust to their new environ- ment and establish a schedule which balances practice, study and free time. Many things go along with being a senior besides age and status in school. Honor and responsibility are two inherent qualities of which most seniors, especially senior athletes, feel the presence. Peers and youn- ger teammates tend to look up to seniors while coaches and teachers place more responsibility on seniors for such roles as leadership. No mat- ter what perspective is taken sen- iors are a special breed whether they be athletes, scholars or a com- bination of the two. Senior women ' s basketball players. L-H: Wanda [followny. Rhonda Malono. (ABOVE. Photo hv Carl Sweat.) Senior men ' s cross country team. I,-H: Joey IkV ' Herd. Jepp Webb. Brad Lewis. (RIGHT " Photo by Carl Sweat.) 196 SENIOR ATHLETES
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