Next Stop for the Pain Train: Ultimate Frisbee Nationals

Dartmouth’s men’s ultimate frisbee team made history this season, winning the New England open regional tournament for the first time. The victory punched the team’s ticket to the national tournament, where Dartmouth will make its second appearance in the history of the program.

According to captain Watson Sallay ‘08, this year’s team is the best he has seen in his four years at Dartmouth, both on and off the field.

“In terms of on paper, this is the best team that Dartmouth has ever had, because this is the first team ever to win regionals,” Sallay said. “We went to nationals for the first time five years ago, but that was when there were three spots, so winning regionals was really special. Off the field, this has been the best team ever in terms of becoming friends and teammates with each other on and off the field. …


Washington in Its Element

This year, the UW is dominating the competition in one ultimate sport: Ultimate Frisbee.

The Washington women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, called Element, is the best women’s team in the United States and second in the league to the University of British Columbia (UBC). The team is ranked second overall in the Ultimate Players Association and is headed to nationals for the first time since 2005, when UW finished second overall to Stanford.

“I was actually playing for the team the first time we went in 2005 when we went the first time,” coach Miranda Roth said. “There are a couple of the girls on the team back then. Most of these girls have never been before. I expect them to be very excited.”

They certainly are.

“Oh, hell yes,” player Jillian Goodreau said when asked if she was excited for nationals.

The University of British Columbia has …


Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals Press Release


Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals, Towed by Malibu, Set for May 16-18 in Boulder, Colo.

(Boulder, CO) – The nation’s top 15 collegiate wakeboarding teams will battle it out at the 2008 Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals from Boulder, Colo., May 16-18.  For the third consecutive year, the Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals is part of CBS College Sports Network’s COLLEGIATE NATIONALS, a festival of events that crowns national champions in 11 categories.  Malibu Boats serves as the official towboat for the event.  The event will be held at the Boulder Reservoir and admission is free.

Extensive television coverage of the Collegiate Nationals kicks-off with a special one-hour program airing on CBS Sports on Sunday, May 25 (2:00 PM, ET). The show will launch eight consecutive days of Olympic-style programming on CBS College Sports Network, followed by individual sport highlight shows.

Last year’s …


Ultimate Domination: Wake Forest

Usually when Frisbees are seen on campus students are playing Frisbee golf or leisurely tossing a disc on the Quad, but not these girls. The women’s Ultimate Frisbee club team can be found on Poteat field three days a week practising intensely.

RUCKUS, the women’s ultimate Frisbee team, poses after the win at Easterns. The team travels to nationals in Colorado May 16-18. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Dayton)

But these women are no longer practising for any normal tournament. They have achieved a milestone in the program’s history – qualifying for Nationals.

The women’s team consists of 26 ladies that participate in 4-5 tournaments each semester, with 8-16 teams in each tournament.

Coming off of a 23-16 season last year, the team has made enormous strides this season.

They are currently ranked No.5 in the nation out of 222 women’s teams and improved their record this season …


Frisbee team lays out a path to nationals

The football and basketball teams failed to win titles, but there is still hope for Maryland sports fans looking for another national championship.

With a second-place finish in the Metro East Women’s Regionals on Sunday, the women’s club ultimate frisbee team secured a place in the 16-team national tournament to be held May 16-18 in Boulder, Colo., for the first time in team history. During the past six years, the team has gone from struggling to recruit members to achieving the No. 13 ranking in the nation from the Ultimate Players Association, the sport’s governing body.

After cruising through the opening rounds with blowout wins over Haverford and Penn State, the Terrapins persevered 15-9 over Pittsburgh before losing to tournament champion Ottawa.

The loss set up a rematch against Pittsburgh for second place and the tournament berth. After a back-and-forth match that progressed much like their previous …


Ultimate rush

You’d never seen this many people throwing Frisbees in your life. Even if they weren’t actually Frisbees.

Ultimate players from across the Southwest converged on Arizona’s Rincon Vista Sports Complex for one of seven regional tournaments held across the country this past weekend. Twelve women’s teams from Southern California, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona – including UA’s own squad, the Scorch – competed for two berths in next month’s College Ultimate Championships to be held in Boulder, Colo.

“It’s been perfect,” said Andrew Dacks, who helped organize the event with Tucson Ultimate Incorporated. “There’s been a little bit of wind which has made things more exciting.”

And Ultimate players definitely care about which way the wind is blowing. As he gave a run down on the tournament and his favorite sport, Dacks held forth about upwind strategy, downwind strategy, committing errors in the wind, which kind of …


Illini Ultimate Team Seeks Revenge in Regionals

The athletes of the 29th ranked Illinois women’s ultimate Frisbee team have one thing on their minds going into Saturday’s Regional Tournament – redemption.

Last year, the team came into the competition with the top seed, poised to take one of two qualifying spots for the Ultimate Players Association (UPA) College Championships. But its season came to an abrupt end as after losing to Indiana in the semifinals.

“It was a big downer last year when we got upset,” said junior captain Tania Reitz. “It was a pretty big shock.”

The Illinois team goes back to Regionals this weekend seeking what eluded them last year – a trip to nationals. This time around, senior captain Ashley Chan knows it will be different when the third-seeded Illini (23-12) head to Detroit

Read full article in Daily Illini


McMaster student takes top speed-eating prize

CBC News

A Canadian university student known as Furious Pete took the top prize at a weekend eating championship in San Diego.

Peter Czerwinski, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., won the title of 2008 Collegiate Nationals Eating Champion and a $1,000 first prize on Saturday.

The competition was the first official eating contest for Furious Pete, so dubbed for the speed at which he can eat. He was the only Canadian to qualify for the event.

To win, Czerwinski wolfed down 3½ platters — each stacked with two hot dogs, two cheeseburgers and a quarter pound of french fries — in seven minutes.

The competition uses picnic-style rules, meaning the food must be eaten in the traditional manner. For example, this would prevent competitive eaters from wetting buns to make them easier to eat.

The second-place eating champ finished nearly three plates.



Junior places fifth in national eating contest

The battle lines were drawn Saturday as eating warriors from around North America faced off in a clash of iron-clad stomachs and heroic willpower.

But for the university’s personal gladiator, junior food science major Brian “Eatin'” Keaton, a plate of fast food turned out to be his Achilles’ heel.

Keaton took fifth place in the eating competition Saturday in San Diego at the Collegiate Nationals, a collection of college-themed competitions that also included sports such as beach volleyball, wakeboarding, boxing and weightlifting.

The eating competition required the seven contestants to eat as many plates of two half-pound hamburgers, a jumbo hot dog and a quarter-pound of fries as they could in seven minutes. Keaton, in what he called his hardest competition yet, made it through two plates. By contrast, the winner of the contest, who hailed from Canada, ate three-and-a-half plates.

Read full article in the Diamondback


Volleyball Participates In 2008 Collegiate Beach Nationals

Clemson Athletics

SAN DIEGO, CA – Members of the Clemson volleyball team participated at the third annual Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships on Sunday at Mariner’s Point in San Diego, CA. The Tigers were split into four teams to compete in the four flights. Overall, Clemson’s duos were 4-4 in the tournament to conclude the 2008 spring season.

Kelsey Murphy and Didem Ege had a 1-1 record in Flight A with a three-game win over a team from Wisconsin. In the Flight B bracket, Jeannette Abbott and Leslie Mansfield partnered to defeat a Southern Cal team before falling to a Badger tandem.

Lia Proctor and Meghan Hinemeyer played at Flight C, winning a two-game match over a Trojan team. They then lost to a duo from Wisconsin.

All three teams in the Flight D red pool finished with a 1-1 record for a three-way tie. Clemson’s entry of Danielle Hepburn, …