t a college very much defined by its region, St. Mary’s Ultimate Team (SMUT) is a club with national ambitions. The women’s team completed an incredible season last year by winning a bid to Nationals, while the men’s team won three ultimate frisbee tournaments last year, including Sectionals – the first step towards a spot at Nationals. With three returning seniors, an unusually large cohort of juniors that all learned the sport together, and a high-yield crop of promising freshman, men’s SMUT has its sights set firmly on Nationals 2012.
The Men’s and Women’s St. Mary’s Ultimate Teams, abbreviated SMUT, reached the end of their seasons by last weekend, as the Men’s team ended its trek in its first-ever appearance in the mid-atlantic conference’s regional competition and the women’s team made it into the top 16 in the nation by taking strong regional victories. As the season comes to an end, junior and team captain Shelby Jones reflected on the team’s journey this year, and how the wins, while record-breaking for the team, represented something more: a chance for the team’s players to come together, and bond as a unit for a purpose beyond individual performance.