Men’s ultimate team eyes second consecutive regional trip

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    The TCU men’s ultimate frisbee team is getting ready for the 2015 spring season. Coming off of a 2014 trip to the regional tournament, the team is looking to qualify for a second straight year.

    “Last year we won sectionals for the first time. This year we’re looking to continue that and hopefully do better at regionals,” junior Derek Schmidt said.

    TCU’s season gets underway on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The men will travel to Denton, Texas, for the Big D in Little d tournament. TCU also has tournaments scheduled at the University of Dallas and in Gonzalez, Louisiana.

    Ultimate frisbee is a 7-on-7 sport that covers a 70 by 40 yard field. It is a very fast-paced game that requires high energy.

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    “It’s a little bit of a lot of different sports, but it relies on conditioning and fundamentals,” Schmidt said.

    Senior team captain Michael Woolley said he is ready for the season to begin.

    “We’re putting ourselves in a really good position with upperclassmen support. We have 19 or 20 guys that returned from last year, so that’s a huge pro for us having a successful season,” Woolley said.

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    Schmidt and Woolley went on to talk about the closeness and the growth of the team.

    “You get to be as competitive as you want, but at the end of the day we’re all best friends,” Schmidt said.

    Both Woolley and Schmidt mentioned they are hoping to continue the upward trend with a strong spring campaign and hopefully a return to the regional tournament.

    “Really the last three years I’ve seen it grow from about 16 guys to about 35 guys that have done really well the past two years,” Woolley said.