SMUT Back from Georgia, Prepares for Regionals

St. Mary’s Ultimate Team (SMUT) traveled to Jekyll Island, Georgia over spring break to play the High Tide tournament. SMUT won 4 of their 9 games during the tournament.

High Tide is an Ultimate Frisbee tournament that has been running for 13 years and hosts over 150 teams annually. SMUT attended High Tide along with 8 other teams, including University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and Rutgers University. St. Mary’s finished tenth out of 24 in their bracket.

The tournament is a week-long event and it had a major effect on the team’s morale and preparation for the rest of the spring season. It was the first tournament SMUT has played this spring; several earlier tournaments were postponed due to rain and rescheduled for times that were inconvenient for the team, such as spring break.

There was no dampening the team’s spirits after their time in Georgia. Senior Adam Wisneski said, “It was the best spring break experience I’ve had. To go down there and do as well as we did proves something: that we can succeed.” Senior Michael Ennis said, “High Tide was a lot of fun.  We grew as a team.”

SMUT had another tournament this past weekend in Poolesville. The second annual tournament Roll Call features teams from all over the country that will compete at the Capitol Polo Club.

The team is preparing for sectionals on April 4 and 5, in which Ultimate teams will come together and play for a chance to make it to regionals. Wisneski said, “If we work hard there’s a solid chance we can make it to regionals. “ The team has never been to regionals before.  Regionals are going to be held April 25 and 26 in Princeton, NJ.

Aside from tournaments, SMUT has been practicing hard in order to play their best for sectionals.  First-year Shelby Jones said, “We have a great team right now and therefore put high standards on our performance…We’ve had a goal throughout the season to practice like we will play in the games and have but in a lot of work during the week to be at our peak…”

The team’s dynamic is also very strong right now.  Ennis described the team experience as “like being in a big, weird family… It is a team that can have players pitted in a screaming match one night, and the next morning those players who were so angry are playing their hearts out trying to win on the field. “

New players on the SMUT team this year have benefitted from the experience of being on such a unique team. Jones said, “Upon joining the team I instantly felt the community aspect that we value so much at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.”

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