The university's ultimate frisbee team will make its farthest trip in club historythis weekend when it travels to the Midwest Throwdown in St. Louis.
The women’s team enters the tournament off a second place finish at the Big D in Little D tournament in Denton, Texas. Women's co-captain Camille McDonald said the women “dark-horsed” the tournament to take second, and she wanted to feed off that success.
“I know this is going to be a different pool of people,” McDonald said. “But I think it’s going to be a great experience for our women to build on so that we can come out strong at the sectionals tournament at the end of the semester.”
The men’s team is mainly composed of freshmen players. Co-captain Michael Matthis said he hopes the men’s team can improve on a winless performance at a January tournament.
“I hope that will provide motivation for our team to really improve and step up our game at this next tournament,” Matthis said. “[I hope we] come out with a lot of heat in the first games, so we can start the tournament well.”
The freshmen have gotten better at ultimate frisbee since the fall, but there is still room to improve, Matthis said.
St. Louis will be the farthest the Frogs have traveled for a tournament, McDonald said. The tournament begins Saturday with pool play and concludes Sunday with the championship.
“I think having the tournament that’s a little bit further away is kind of a destination, something exciting,” McDonald said. “We get to check out a new city and see an ultimate community in an entirely different area which is really beneficial for people who want to continue to grow in the sport.”
In addition to competition, The Midwest Throwdown also offers a skills clinic for women. There will be two half hour sessions Saturday where women can work on defense, throwing techniques and footwork among other things.
McDonald said the women's team looks forward to participating in the clinic.
“Although I can give as much foundation as I can during practices, they [the women] really need people with the expertise and people with more experience than I do to get to the next level,” McDonald said.