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

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McMaster student takes top speed-eating prize

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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.

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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, …


Beach Volleyball Update: U.S. Results from Weekend Events

In San Diego, Ashley Engle (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Kiley Hall (Costa Mesa, Calif.) of the University of Texas defeated Taylor Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Jessica Gysin (Los Gatos, Calif.) of the University of Southern California, 21-8, 21-12, in the final to win the Second Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship on Sunday.

The volleyball tournament, showcasing the nation’s top women’s collegiate volleyball players, was staged by CBS College Sports Network, along with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the AVP.

Both Engle and Carico have been involved in USA Volleyball’s high performance program for indoor volleyball. Both were members of the 2007 U.S. Women’s Junior National Team that finished fourth at the FIVB Junior World Championship in Thailand. Both were also members of the 2005 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team that finished fourth at the FIVB Youth World Championship in China.

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Toreros Finish Second at Collegiate Beach Nationals

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego women’s volleyball team finished in second place in the 2008 Collegiate Beach Nationals, falling just three points behind the University of Texas for first place. The Toreros did have two teams win their brackets in the second annual event at Mission Beach on Sunday afternoon.

The tandem of Jaimarie Sutherland and Jessica Nyrop won Flight B by first defeating Nebraska’s Lindsey Licht and Rachel Schwartz in two games, 15-7 and 15-13. In the quarterfinal round, Sutherland and Nyrop downed USC’s Geena Urango and Mychaela Miller 21-16 and 21-17. In the semifinal round, USD cruised past Wisconsin’s team of Nicole Klingsporn and Brittany Dolgner, 21-19 and 21-14. In the championship match, USD down the Texas tandem of Michelle Moriarty and Chelsey Klein in three games, 18-21, 21-16 and 15-6.

The Toreros’ team of Ali Troost and …


Volleyball wins Collegiate Beach National Championship

Texas Athletics

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The University of Texas Volleyball team had four separate teams play their way through four separate pools to claim the team title at the third annual Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, Sunday afternoon at Mariner’s Point in San Diego. Eight members of the team competed in the tournament with all four of Texas’ teams appearing in the finals and the tandem of sophomore All-American Ashley Engle and junior Kiley Hall claiming the Flight A championship. The one day tournament is presented by CBS College Sports Network, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the AVP.

“This was a great spring for our program and I was impressed with our growth, commitment and team chemistry,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We competed very well and everyone in our program received valuable experience while our three of our players were with USA Volleyball.”

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Huskers Place Third at Collegiate Nationals

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San Diego – The Nebraska volleyball team placed third at the Collegiate Nationals held at Mariner’s Point Sunday afternoon.

The Huskers earned a total of eight points in the team-format competition, and was one of only three schools to earn points from all four of its teams. The team of Brooke Delano, Kayla Banwarth and Jordan Wilberger brought home a title in the D Flight, going 4-0 on the afternoon and was one of only two teams that did not lose a match in tournament play. The Huskers defeated the Texas team of Alexandra Lewis and Elizabeth Graham, 21-12, 21-14 in the championship.

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