It’s not often you find a group of people that are diehard women’s college basketball fans. Much less a group of women who went to school when they could only play basketball at lunch time in their bloomers. And these three women might just be the biggest women’s basketball fans out there.
With gyms closed and no end to quarantine in sight, Paul Juda initially found it challenging to motivate himself. Juda, a sophomore standout and reigning Big Ten Freshman of The Year on the Michigan men’s gymnastics team, decided to use the unexpected shut-down to take time off from his intense training regimen.
“Athletes are humans too, at least I am,” Juda said. “I let my body take a little bit of a break. You never know how stressed out you are until you take a break.”
Developing a relationship keeps the team together, and the closer it is to a family, the better. But the Michigan wrestling team is a step above the others, featuring three pairs of brothers — the Amines, Corrells and Mattins.
What has the program done to attract so many siblings? For the Mattin brothers, it’s the family connection. Their commitment to wrestling together started a long time ago.
Like many Michigan club sports, the student-led lacrosse team faced a litany of uncertainties coming into the new year. With safety precautions impacting everything from practices to scheduling and recruiting to team bonding, the lacrosse team was forced to adapt in order to enter its ninth season in the National Collegiate Lacrosse League.
Most players ask their coaches for a lot of things: playing time, different practice schedules, new offensive schemes. Stars like junior forward Naz Hillmon don’t usually have to ask coaches for much. Except, after the murder of George Floyd in May, Hillmon found herself asking a lot of questions — and one in particular to Kim Barnes Arico.