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Goggles and paddle boards help prepare the swimmers for their opening meet Nov.
Recuiting success brightens
UNL winter sports prospects
The autumn sports are drawing to a less
then awesome close. The football season is
more than half over, and the Huskers are
struggling. Cross country closes its campaign
this weekend with the Big 8 meet, and the
Huskers are floundering there, too.
But the winter sports season is near, and
from preseason outlooks, the prospects for
Nebraska winter sports are the brightest they've
been in several years.
second in the conference behind national
champ Iowa State, should be better than ever
this year. Allen goes so far as to say his squad
has the potential to be the second best team in
the nation this winter.
John Reta, who gradually has been
rebuilding the Nebraska swimming program
despite the handicap of the Coliseum facilities,
also is looking for a big impi-ovem.'nt in his
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Husker basketball, gymnastics, swimming
and wrestling coaches have enjoyed outstanding
recruiting success since last year, and all four
Basketball coach Joe Cipriano had his best
recruiting year ever. He will have perhaps the
youngest team in Nebraska cage history, with
seven freshmen listed on the 15-man preseason
varsity roster, and has more height than in most
of his 10 previous years at the Nebraska helm.
They may not produce as much this year as
they might after a year or so of
experience-fans must be patient for that year
or so. But the potential is there for Nebraska
basketball to be the exciting, winning brand the
fans want. The successful recruiting coupled
with the lx;nefits the new fieldhouse will offer
after this year indicate that Nebraska basketball
is on the upswing..
Gymnastics coach Francis Allen has his best
freshman crop ever at Nebraska, and the
Huskers, who closed strongly last year to finish
Reta said this could be hi
ever at Nebraska. Recruiting h
substantial increase in the size o
here again, the new fieldhow
tremendous boost to the piv
Orval Borgialli, beginning his ninth season as
Husker wrestling coach, has put together his
best group of recruits, too. He said the Huskers
will have more depth than in past years, plus 10
Despite facing perhaps the most challenging
schedule in recent years, Borgialli said Nebraska
easily should be a first division team i the Big
With football dominating Nebraska's
athletic funds, the recruiting success of t he
winter sports and the improving ptogiams in
basketball, gymnastics, swimming ,hkI wiestling
become even more of a tribute to the
dedication and hard work of these coaches.
Time will provide the final test fot these
sports, and obviously preseason piedictiuns an;
not a perfect assessment of ,i team's
But things are looking up foi wintei spoils,
and it should U; an inieic-ung season foi
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Coach: swim squad
largest in 1 5 years
Nebraska swimming coach John Reta labels this year's team
"inexperienced, but enthusiastic" and predicts that this could be
the U:st of his seven years at the Husker helm.
The squad numbers 29, the largest in the last 15 years, Reta
said. It includes five returning lettermen, none of them seniors.
He calls his fieshmcn swimmers "the best group of freshmen
collectively since I've been here."
"We're a very young team," he said, "but up to this point, I m
very satisfied with our progress and attitude."
The team is in its third week of water workouts. The
swimmers spent six weeks in a running and weight training
program and swam individually every day, Reta said.
He said the Huskers should be more balanced than in any of
his past six seasons.
"We should lx; in pretty good shape in the distance races and
the freestyle sprints," he said. "Right now we have some
questions about the backstroke and the butterfly because we have
some untested people there. We have some good individuals, but
some of them have never swam a varsity meet, and you can never
be sure how they'll do."
According to Reta, team leaders should be sophomore Stuart
Waterbury, who set a varsity record in the 100-yard breaststroke
last year, and junior Terry Seymour, record-holder in the
He said the Husker schedule should be challenging again, but
added he is looking forward to a more attractive schedule
beginning next year.
"There are some Big B schools who simply will not come here
to swim because they feel our pool is not very good," he said.
The new fii Idhouse, which includes a pool, should be finished
by the middle of next season, he said, and it will enable him to
add several teams to the Husker schedule.
The Huskers, seventh in the Big 8 last year, open their season
Nov. 31 with the Big 8 Relays.
The UNL women's field
hockey team will travel to
Dekalb, III, this weekend to
play in the Midwest Field
Hockey Tournament. Nebraska
will play tin ee games.
For more information
about the tournament, contact
Judy Albert, 466-5989.
The UNL women's
swimming and diving team has
Ix-gun its first semester practice
sessions. Any undergraduate
woman interested in joining
the team should call Liz Gross,
477-3871, or Pat Sullivan,
(void after Doc. 31, 73)
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Wednesday, October 31, 1973
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