Ultimate frisbee team to compete in national championships

Zach Gourley

Woman Scorned, the ISU women’s ultimate frisbee team, is preparing to head to Boulder, Colo. to take part in the Div. I Ultimate Frisbee National Championships, which begin Friday.

The team qualified for nationals by snagging the third and final bid out of the Central Region, which is made up of Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

“We also went to nationals in 2009, when we got the third bid. But the great thing about this year is that we beat the University of Wisconsin in Madison, which is a team that we have never beat before, and we beat them to go to nationals,” Said Jessy Erickson, a senior on the team. “That is a team that has made it to nationals every year that I can remember, so beating them was great for us.”

Woman Scorned is now 20-13 for the year, after a slow start that saw them begin the season with a 2-7 record.

The team has traveled all across the country this year, looking for the best competition to prepare them for nationals.

“There’s tournaments around Iowa and Minnesota and they are good teams, but to really get nationals-level competition they have to travel to places like Easterns, which was in Georgia, and Centex, which was in Texas, so we drive there just to get really good competition,” said Lana Seiler, one of the team’s three coaches.

The tournament, made up of 20 teams from around the country, will open with pool play on Friday and Saturday, to be followed by bracket play on Sunday and the finals on Monday.

Woman Scorned’s first opponent will be the Tufts, a team from Medford, Mass. The two teams have already met once this year, back on March 26 at the Women’s College Centex Tournament, a game Woman Scorned won 11-10.

Woman Scorned will also face teams from the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of Michigan and Northwestern in pool play.

California-Santa Barbara looks like the team to beat in pool play, with a 31-6 record coming into the weekend.

The two other teams to qualify for nationals from the Central Region were teams from the University of Iowa and Carleton College.