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theteamjoiiK f he men ' s 1995 Lacrosse club returned over 24 players to a team that had won the Big Ten title the year before. They began the season not playing up to the lofty expectations that had been set for them. Their record in non-conference play amounted to one win and two losses, including a tough loss to Lake Shore Lacrosse of Chicago 23-1 1. Among the expla- nations for the slow start for the squad was that among the 4 key players that they did lose were its top two scorers and top two defensemen from the previous year. Even in practice the 95 squad was just not satisfied with how the season was bigger picture. This will hopefully get guys focused and hopefully will improve our play. " The team looked to its midfielders, like Kolakowski, in order to find an offensive attack. " This is the first year we have felt confident about our three or four lines of midfielders, " Kolakowski said. The team was among the most established of the club sports, however its woman ' s brethren would be the one that received consideration for varsity status and not itself due to the gender equity stipulations. Club sports, such as men ' s lacrosse or men ' s crew, with solid leadership, competitive play, and strong traditions, did not whack because of the disproportionate amount of scholarships that it was allowed to have. Their was no comparable women ' s sport that could equate to this. Until administrators got their heads out of their asses, this sorry state of affairs would continue indefinitely. Story by: JohnTaylorWhelan starting out. Senior midfielder John Kolakowski s aid, " Lately, in practice, we just haven ' t seemed to have much focus and we haven ' t been playing well at all. " Despite the rocky start to the season, Kolakowski was confident about the team ' s chances entering Big Ten play. He said, " I think it ' s good that we are starting our Big Ten season because it gets guys thinking of the receive the attention that they deserved for varsity status because of the inability of the athletic department to then make the 60-40 ratio necessary to fulfill the Big Ten ' s gender equity mandate. Until schools get their acts together, and discard the football behemoth from its gender equity puzzles, small sports, though popular, would never receive their just cause. Football threw the entire scheme out of 203 Inside Sports
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9 omen I he University of Michigan Women ' s Lacrosse club had been established for almost a decade, and it looked like the team was here to stay. In its first years, membership was small and attendance dwindled. But with each passing year, attendance and membership both increased and grew until the 1994-95 season when the team even had to turn prospective members away. Although social activities and school may have interfered, attendance at practices also increased. Four years ago, the club was begging members to travel to tournaments, but the past season had enough committed women that there was enough for two teams of women to travel. Being a member of a club team could be trying at times. Events and practices were canceled at the last minute, leadership and coaching changes abounded, and equipment was sparse. However, the women on the lacrosse club were warned before they joined about the instability of the organization. Consequently, the women that did join and stayed with the team, did so due to their love of the sport. As the team ' s treasurer and ' 94 captain, Kate DeRosayro said, " You do not join this team for glory or recognition, you join for the love of the sport. " Each year, players on the team committed themselves to organizing the team and its events: a necessary, but often mundane duty that kept the club afloat. Michigan ' s team usually played other club teams in the Big Ten, and throughout the M idwest. Because Michigan was one of the few schools in the Midwest to attract many students from the East coast, the women ' s lacrosse team was loaded with a lot of experienced players. As a result, the team was able to rely on their talent and win many of their tournaments. Ashley Johnson, club president and ' 94 captain, said, " We do well despite the lack of organization and we have a good time in the process. " During the 1 994- 1 995 season, the team joined the Women ' s Collegiate Lacrosse League which greatly expanded the number of teams they could play. The new league meant a more organized season and a unified league. The winners of each of the divisions within the league played each other in a final tournament in the spring. The team ' s vice president, and ' 94 captain, Laura Forman, concluded, " We ' re not used to playing with a goal in mind, so the final tournament should add incentive and make this year even more exciting. " by Ashley Johnson 202 Inside Sports
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yncl: w i mm 1 11 The synclii ' onirod s vim team cojiducreu .ijjht tor t vo t ' iccJ " ike most other club sports, the University of Michigan synchronized swimming team received little recognition from the University itself, and even less from the students and fans of the University. However, this did not stop them from competing strongly in the Big Ten and against nationwide competition. These teams were always among the top teams in the conference, and usually among the top ten in the country. The sport was recognized hy the Interna- tional Olympic Committee as a fully sanctioned medal event. Throughout the United States, there existed enough talent and drive to help place the United States in medal contention at each Summer Olympic games. Almost all of the members of the national team participated at the collegiate level where synchronized swim- ming had found a niche. The sport had risen into favor with athletic departments due to 204 Inside Sports gender equity mandates at the collegiate level. Schools often found that the female dominated sport of synchronized swimming could help counter balance other sports which had widened the disparity between the ratio of male and female athletes at universities. In order to compete on such a competitive level, the Michigan team usually practiced five times each week at Canham Natatorium. Practices ran year round, though actual competitions did not begin until January each year. Once competitions began, the team traveled to several Big Ten competitions, including the Big Ten Invitational which Michigan hosted at the end of January. The climax of each season came at Nationals where the Wolverines went head to head with the best schools in the country. In 1995, Nationals were held at Stanford University at the end of March. Chip Petei The team consisted of 1 1 active members. During competitions, the team would compete in a number of events in which they were judged on their routines. The events included: solo, duet, trio, and team (which consisted of 4-8 members depending on the competition). Captains of the 1995 squad were Sheri Gritt and Chrissy Jacobs. They helped coach Becky Trombley develop a strong team while promot- ing the sport and the program within the university in order to draw fans. One of the activities that they established in order to increase public awareness was the public swim which was held in April at the natatorium each year. by John Taylor Whelan H ' .petition tr " ' osityofMk er travel cc Members WK
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