The University of Michigan women's basketball team will usher in a new era in 2012-13 as Kim Barnes Arico takes over as the ninth head coach in program history. The entire team is now on campus for fall classes, and MGoBlue.com talked with senior/junior Kendra Seto about summer workouts, her transfer to Michigan from Vermont and floating down the Huron River.
On how the summer went ... "It went really well. We have all been working really hard, all adapting to the new program. We love our strength and conditioning coach Bo (Sandoval), he is new this year. We are all really excited for the season and are just putting in the work to get ready for it."
On being an upperclassman ... "I think a lot of the younger kids do have a lot of questions. They are freshmen, everything is new to them. Now that I have been here for a few years and am more experienced, I think it is good that they can come to me if they need to. I like that."
On her transfer from Vermont to Michigan ... "I left Vermont because of a coaching change. When I came to Michigan, I just fell in love with everything. The facilities are great and I loved the team. Everything about Michigan is just amazing. It was a great transfer for me."
On the facility upgrades at Crisler and the William Davidson Player Development Center ... "They are amazing. Everything is just high class. We have thumb access to our locker room, which is really cool. It makes everything a lot easier, having everything in one building. Last summer, we were in the IM (Intramural Building), so that was really hard. Having one place we can go to for workouts, to meet with the coaches or to shoot is just great."
On what she worked on this summer ... "I wanted to work on my shot, making it more consistent. I also wanted to get in the best shape that I could. I know Coach Arico likes the running game, so I want to be prepared for that. Those were my main goals this summer."
On what this team could accomplish this season ... "Honestly, the sky is the limit for this team. We all work so hard and are so excited for the season. I think a Big Ten championship is something we can do. We made the NCAA Tournament last year and we want to be there again this year. We all have bought in and are really excited for what the season."
On what she did outside of basketball this summer ... "A couple of us floated down the Huron River together in July. We all had tubes and just went down the river, but it was not what we thought it was going to be. Sam's (Arnold) tube ended up popping and the water was a little low. We got a little scratched up, but it was fun to do something like that together."
Senior/junior forward Kendra Seto earned her first varsity letter at Michigan in 2011-12 after transferring from Vermont following her freshman season. After sitting out the 2010-11 campaign due to NCAA rules, Seto appeared in 27 games last season and averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.3 minutes of action per game. She scored a season-high nine points at Seton Hall and grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 19. Over the summer, Seto worked at a community center in Hamtramck. She is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and is majoring in sociology.
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