Schu Strings: Ochoa or Finch?

It's a nice problem to have. With the emergence of Lorena Ochoa and Jennie Finch, one could engage in a pretty spirited debate as to who is Arizona's best female athlete. For a school that has a storied history in regards to women's athletics, it's a debate that seems right at home.

Since the decision to propel Mary Roby into a position of prominence four decades ago, the University of Arizona has been a pioneer in the advent of major college athletics for women. It's a rich tradition with a bevy of names often regarded among the best in their field, not just at the UA, but on a national scale.

So it's no surprise that Ochoa and Finch are on hand to carry the mantle into the new century. And it's hard to separate the two in regards to impact on their respective professions. One can make an outstanding argument for both as school's most dominant athlete. Ochoa has been nothing short of remarkable in less than two years of collegiate golf. She recently received an exemption to perform in three LPGA tournaments, including the Welch's/Circle K event in Tucson, and did so well that had she been pro she'd be collecting paychecks into the healthy five-figure range.

While nothing is certain, it appears Ochoa is on pace to become the next great professional women's golfer from the University of Arizona. And even if the professional career should fizzle, her performance as a Wildcat solidifies her place among the best to play at this prestigious school.

Finch has set a series of new standards at a University known for its success on the softball diamond, and on the mound. Her 60-win pitching streak figures to stay in the NCAA record manual for some time to come. Additionally, while women's softball doesn't have the payday afforded endeavors like golf, there are behind-the-scenes rumblings that Finch might be in line to be a marquee marketer of women's athletics once her collegiate career concludes.

Regardless, it appears good things are in store for both women. It's awin/win, and likely that's the best answer for the debate as well.

In other notes, the UA men's basketball team's addition of Andre Iguodala isobviously of great benefit. Depending on appeal results, Iguodala, a 6-7 wing forward, could provide Arizona with significant help at the three position. If he's available next year, an already versatile Wildcat team has even more options. And options are good.

I'm off to NYC next week, so no Schu stuff. Unless, that is, Brad decides to write under my pseudonym. I cringe at the thought of what Brad will write under this sentence anyway. I guess it's time to find out.

[Editor's note: I guess I am obligated to write here now, but I would have anyways. I'm torn about write in Shcu's name, but I'm leaning towards, "Why Lute Olson could kick Godzilla's butt", "Prog Rock: Geeky or just plain good?" or "Why I hate baseball, but love pro wrestling."--Brad]


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