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Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14253] Sun, 01 March 2009 10:45 Go to next message
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Dear Ultimate Community,
Format and seedings for Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009 are up on Score
Reporter:
http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=127&id=5791

Similar to Pres Day, we will be updating scores round-by-round, so
bookmark the page and refresh it to see what's going down in St.
Louis!

We have been working hard with the St. Louis business community and
our sponsors Five Ultimate and Ultivillage to bring teams a number of
awesome amenities for the weekend. We will be selling Midwest
Throwdown Five Ultimate gear designed by Kristen Lamm (Florida FUEL /
Florida Layuma) and the Five crew, as well as giving out the following
freebies:
- Free Five Ultimate Midwest Throwdown trucker hats for the winning
team
- Free Chipotle burritos for both teams playing in the finals
immediately following the finals game
- Free Papa John's pizza for all teams immediately following Saturday
pool play games
- Buy one get one free coupons to Qdoba for all teams
- Free mini rulebook for every team
- Midwest Throwdown program (with team bios) for all players
- Division I teams: Free Smoothie King coupon and Ultivillage DVD to
award to each team's Most Spirited Player / Most Valuable Player
- Division II teams: Free Smoothie King coupon and assorted Five
Ultimate freebies to award to each team's Most Spirited Player / Most
Valuable Player

We are very excited for a great weekend of ultimate. If you are in
the area, stop by the Blue Heron Polo Fields either day for some great
women's ultimate.

For more information, check out our tournament website at:
http://throwdown09.texasultimate.org
As always, feel free to email us with questions and/or comments at:
throwdown.td (at) gmail dot com

Sincerely,
Abby Stephens, WUWU Co-captain
Kate Stambaugh, WUWU Co-captain
Hannah Clements, WUWU Co-captain
Kate Wilson, WUWU Tournament Director
Michelle Ng, UC Berkeley Ultimate '04-'06 / Texas Ultimate '07-'08
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14259 is a reply to message #14253] Sun, 01 March 2009 13:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Caleb
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I love you ladies! See you in less than a week!
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14308 is a reply to message #14259] Mon, 02 March 2009 07:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On Mar 1, 3:10 pm, Captain Crunch <CalebSta...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I love you ladies!  See you in less than a week!
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14609 is a reply to message #14259] Thu, 05 March 2009 06:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
throwdown.td
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Hi All,

Indiana dropped out of the tournament, so a new format has been posted
on Score Reporter. Please bookmark the new page and refresh it for
round-by-round updates this weekend:

http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=127&id=6274

Thanks,
Michelle, Abby, Kate, Hannah, and Kate
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14812 is a reply to message #14609] Fri, 06 March 2009 22:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looking forward to a great weekend of ultimate. :)


On Mar 5, 8:37 am, throwdown...@gmail.com wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Indiana dropped out of the tournament, so a new format has been posted
> on Score Reporter.  Please bookmark the new page and refresh it for
> round-by-round updates this weekend:
>
> http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=127&id=6274
>
> Thanks,
> Michelle, Abby, Kate, Hannah, and Kate
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14837 is a reply to message #14812] Sat, 07 March 2009 12:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Scores updated through Round 3. #1 seed Wisconsin is rolling in Pool
A, while both Carleton and Truman remain undefeated in Pool B.

In DII, Dish and Wisconsin B are both undefeated in Pool C while Pool
D has seen a mixed bag of results. Pizza is en route to the fields
for teams with a last round bye and the early finishers in Pool D.

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate

>
> > Indiana dropped out of the tournament, so a new format has been posted
> > on Score Reporter.  Please bookmark the new page and refresh it for
> > round-by-round updates this weekend:
>
> >http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=127&id=6274
>
> > Thanks,
> > Michelle, Abby, Kate, Hannah, and Kate
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14840 is a reply to message #14837] Sat, 07 March 2009 13:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
BladingSawBladeWithBl
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Yeah, Atropa! Best B-team in the country?
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14841 is a reply to message #14840] Sat, 07 March 2009 13:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
throwdown.td
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They are certainly up there with the best of them though having
Lucille Strawn (formerly of Bella Donna), who will not be playing the
Series with them certainly helped in today's windy conditions. Scores
are up for the 4th round and the last round of the day is under way.

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate


On Mar 7, 3:25 pm, Hope for the Flowers <chrislimb...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> Yeah, Atropa!  Best B-team in the country?
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14844 is a reply to message #14841] Sat, 07 March 2009 14:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Mid-round scores are up. Wisconsin just won their Pool's 1/2 matchup
big while Truman State is up a few on Carleton. The Wash U / St.
Louis matchup is the game of this round with Wash U getting a break to
take half 7-5.

> are up for the 4th round and the last round of the day is under way.
>
> Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate
>
> On Mar 7, 3:25 pm, Hope for the Flowers <chrislimb...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Yeah, Atropa!  Best B-team in the country?
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14852 is a reply to message #14844] Sat, 07 March 2009 17:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sunday brackets are now up:
http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=127&id=6274

A more comprehensive review to come after the weekend, but here few
thoughts about today. Wisconsin was simply playing at another level
than all of their opponents- they were unchallenged today and it will
be interesting to see who, if anyone, gives them a run for their money
tomorrow. Carleton, the other perennial Nationals Qualifier, brought
a small squad of 13 this weekend. They have incredible fundamentals
and utilized the dump-swing better than any other team out there.
Truman State looked much stronger than they did just two weeks ago at
Mardi Gras. Strong leadership and a solid core in Emily Tobias, Mona
Baucom, and Morgan Shahan have TSUnami headed in the right direction.
Tsunami, Wash U, St. Louis, and Kansas make the Ozarks the most
interesting Section in the South Region. I expect those four teams,
plus Vanderbilt and Texas to make the two-bid South Region very
interesting.

Players that pop:
Georgia Bosscher (Wisconsin)*
Amber Sinicrope (Wisconsin)*
Emelie McKain (Wisconsin)*
Anna Snyder (Carleton)*
Tasha Parman (Kansas)*
Kate Stambaugh (Wash U)*
Meg Hofner (Midwest Conglomeration)
Melissa Gibbs (Iowa State)*
Lucille Strawn (Wisconsin-B)

* indicates college eligible

More scores updates to come from the fields tomorrow and a more
comprehensive write-up will follow next week. Thanks to all of the
families and friends who were out there supporting the players and the
tournament today!

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate


On Mar 7, 4:31 pm, throwdown...@gmail.com wrote:
> Mid-round scores are up.  Wisconsin just won their Pool's 1/2 matchup
> big while Truman State is up a few on Carleton.  The Wash U / St.
> Louis matchup is the game of this round with Wash U getting a break to
> take half 7-5.
>
> > are up for the 4th round and the last round of the day is under way.
>
> > Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate
>
> > On Mar 7, 3:25 pm, Hope for the Flowers <chrislimb...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
>
> > > Yeah, Atropa!  Best B-team in the country?
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14853 is a reply to message #14844] Sat, 07 March 2009 17:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Sunday brackets are now up:
http://www.upa.org/scores/tourn.cgi?div=127&id=6274

A more comprehensive review to come after the weekend, but here are a
few thoughts about today. Wisconsin was simply playing at another
level than all of their opponents- they were unchallenged today and it
will be interesting to see who, if anyone, gives them a run for their
money tomorrow. Carleton, the other perennial Nationals Qualifier,
brought a small squad of 13 this weekend. They have incredible
fundamentals and utilized the dump-swing better than any other team
out there. Truman State looked much stronger than they did just two
weeks ago at Mardi Gras. Strong leadership and a solid core in Emily
Tobias, Mona Baucom, and Morgan Shahan have TSUnami headed in the
right direction. Tsunami, Wash U, St. Louis, and Kansas make the
Ozarks the most interesting Section in the South Region. I expect
those four teams, plus Vanderbilt and Texas to make the two-bid South
Region very interesting.

Players that pop:
Georgia Bosscher (Wisconsin)*
Amber Sinicrope (Wisconsin)*
Emelie McKain (Wisconsin)*
Anna Snyder (Carleton)*
Tasha Parman (Kansas)*
Kate Stambaugh (Wash U)*
Meg Hofner (Midwest Conglomeration)
Melissa Gibbs (Iowa State)*
Lucille Strawn (Wisconsin-B)

* indicates college eligible

More scores updates to come from the fields tomorrow and a more
comprehensive write-up will follow next week. Thanks to all of the
families and friends who were out there supporting the players and the
tournament today!

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate


On Mar 7, 4:31 pm, throwdown...@gmail.com wrote:
> Mid-round scores are up.  Wisconsin just won their Pool's 1/2 matchup
> big while Truman State is up a few on Carleton.  The Wash U / St.
> Louis matchup is the game of this round with Wash U getting a break to
> take half 7-5.
>
> > are up for the 4th round and the last round of the day is under way.
>
> > Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate
>
> > On Mar 7, 3:25 pm, Hope for the Flowers <chrislimb...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
>
> > > Yeah, Atropa!  Best B-team in the country?
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14867 is a reply to message #14853] Sun, 08 March 2009 00:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
robyn
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Thanks for the updates Michelle....for those of us in Eau Claire who
couldn't be there. :)
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14870 is a reply to message #14867] Sun, 08 March 2009 04:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Michele: " Tsunami, Wash U, St. Louis, and Kansas make the
Ozarks the most interesting Section in the South Region. "

Nice post Michelle...

Props to the Missouri folks & outa towners involved in running that
tourney.

More props to the SLU women too. They are the youngest/newest team of
the above 4 mentioned, correct?

Peter & Hank & Co.
www.thisisultimate.com
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14883 is a reply to message #14870] Sun, 08 March 2009 09:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I haven't been this region long enough to know who the newest team in
the Ozarks is but the consensus among the Kansas girls is that Truman
State is the newest team. I do know however that today is St. Louis
captain Kara O'Malley's birthday. ;) Happy birthday Kara!

Round 1 scores are up. After a short weather delay, the skies are
clear and we are about halfway through Round 2. Keep checking Score
Reporter for updates. Thanks for following us from home!

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate


On Mar 8, 6:30 am, i...@ThisIsUltimate.com wrote:
> Michele: " Tsunami, Wash U, St. Louis, and Kansas make the
> Ozarks the most interesting Section inuri folks & outa towners involved in running that
> tourney.
>
> More props to the SLU women too. They are the youngest/newest team of
> the above 4 mentioned, correct?
>
> Peter & Hank & Co.www.thisisultimate.com
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14885 is a reply to message #14883] Sun, 08 March 2009 10:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On Mar 8, 5:56 pm, throwdown...@gmail.com wrote:
> I haven't been this region long enough to know who the newest team in
> the Ozarks is but the consensus among the Kansas girls is that Truman
> State is the newest team.  I do know however that today is St. Louis
> captain Kara O'Malley's birthday.  ;)  Happy birthday Kara!
>
> Round 1 scores are up.  After a short weather delay, the skies are
> clear and we are about halfway through Round 2.  Keep checking Score
> Reporter for updates.  Thanks for following us from home!
>
> Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate
>
> On Mar 8, 6:30 am, i...@ThisIsUltimate.com wrote:
>
> > Michele: " Tsunami, Wash U, St. Louis, and Kansas make the
> > Ozarks the most interesting Section inuri folks & outa towners involved in running that
> > tourney.
>
> > More props to the SLU women too. They are the youngest/newest team of
> > the above 4 mentioned, correct?
>
> > Peter & Hank & Co.www.thisisultimate.com

Wait, Wisconsin lost to SLU? Carleton lost to Iowa State? I've
played all four teams, and they're all good...but wow, not expecting
those results. Anyone have details?
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Crazy winds led to some crazy Round 2 scores. No one scores any
upwinders in the Wash U / Truman State or Wisconsin / St. Louis
quarters games. St. Louis wins with a Callahan on universe point.
Michelle

Round 1 scores are up.  After a short weather delay> > Michele: "
Tsunami, Wash U, St. Louis, and Kansas make the
> > Ozarks the most interesting Section inuri folks & outa towners involved in running that
> > tourney.
>
> > More props to the SLU women too. They are the youngest/newest team of
> > the above 4 mentioned, correct?
>
> > Peter & Hank & Co.www.thisisultimate.com
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Iowa State / Carleton was a crosswind game but I didn't get to see
much of it. Wisconsin / Carleton and Wash U / Midwest are playing out
the 5th place bracket. The rest if the consolation games were
forfeited due to the wind. Truman / Hayride and Truman State / Iowa
State in semis.

Michelle

> > > Ozarks the most interesting Section inuri folks & outa towners involved in running that
> > > tourney.
>
> > > More props to the SLU women too. They are the youngest/newest team of
> > > the above 4 mentioned, correct?
>
> > > Peter & Hank & Co.www.thisisultimate.com
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14911 is a reply to message #14889] Sun, 08 March 2009 15:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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St. Louis over Truman State in finals 4-2. The captains agreed to
move the orientation of the field to be crosswind to negate the
advantage of winning the flip, but both teams had difficulty scoring
in the wind. Just one round earlier, Wisconsin beat Carleton 11-3 on
a field with the same orientation. Most of today's scores have been
reported, we lost a couple in the reorganization effort after the 20-
minute weather delay.

A more complete writeup to come tonight / tomorrow.

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate



On Mar 8, 1:07 pm, throwdown...@gmail.com wrote:
> Iowa State / Carleton was a crosswind game but I didn't get to see
> much of it.  Wisconsin / Carleton and Wash U / Midwest are playing out
> the 5th place bracket.  The rest if the consolation games were
> forfeited due to the wind.  Truman / Hayride and Truman State / Iowa
> State in semis.
>
> Michelle
>
> > > > Ozarks the most interesting Section inuri folks & outa towners involved in running that
> > > > tourney.
>
> > > > More props to the SLU women too. They are the youngest/newest team of
> > > > the above 4 mentioned, correct?
>
> > > > Peter & Hank & Co.www.thisisultimate.com
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: March 7-8 / St. Louis, MO [message #14917 is a reply to message #14253] Sun, 08 March 2009 16:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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To Michelle, Abby, Kate, Hannah, Deuce, and all of the other WUWU
girls who helped,

The fields are clean and everyone is on their way home (or home!)
Throwdown is over, and I just want to say on behalf of the Bettys of
Kansas that the tournament was excellent.

From the beginning, the tournament organization and communication was
great. Team contacts would get updates with any tourney changes in a
very timely matter and that allowed everyone to be on the same page.
Great fields, well-thought out pools, constant communication, an
athletic trainer, multiple portable restrooms, UPA verification,
housing where it could be provided, bagels, fruit, water, provided
trashbags, marked fields with big sidelines, team bios provided in the
captain's packet, the coupons for freebies, sweet Five gear, great
competition, the Ultivillage DVD, etc etc etc--THIS is how a
competitive tournament should be run.

Congrats to SLU for their win, and a huge thanks for all those
involved in the organizing/planning/running of Midwest Throwdown.
Thanks to those who sponsored the tournament!

My favorite weather-related moments: watching every team run to their
cars when the downpour started after the first round on Sunday, and
hearing the story of the portable restroom almost tip over with a WUWU
player inside. You can't control the weather (at least it didn't snow
this year), but you guys owned everything else.

Keep up the good work, and I know women's ultimate will continue to
grow and grow. That's what it's all about! Thanks again for an
awesome weekend in STL. We really appreciate the opportunity to play
in a such a great tournament, and I hope to see it on the schedule
next year too.

-Tasha Parman on behalf of the Bettys
Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: Weekend Recap [message #14945 is a reply to message #14917] Sun, 08 March 2009 23:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Disclaimer:: This is lengthy.

Last year, the University of Texas Women’s Ultimate program founded
Midwest Throwdown as a way to develop competitive ultimate in the
South and Midwest. 13 teams attended the tournament with Wisconsin
beating Michigan in the finals. This year, the Wash U team took the
tournament over as their primary program fundraiser with the same goal
in mind. Throwdown grew to 19 teams and moved to the Blue Heron Polo
Fields about 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, MO.

Some notes about specific teams:
Saturday Round 1, #1 seed Wisconsin opened up against Iowa State, in a
matchup featuring two of the best teams in the Central Region. Iowa
State drew first blood and seemed pumped, but speedy cutter Frances
Tsukano skied two girls to tie the game at 1s, then laid out for the
next score to put Bella Donna up 2-1. Aimee Speaker got a D almost
immediately, Bella Donna scored on the quick transition, and Wisconsin
never looked back, cruising to a 13-4 win. Wisconsin is deep this
year despite the loss of handlers Megan Vingers and Lucille Strawn.
They picked up transfers Amber Sinicrope (Brute Squad) and Laura
Schott (yes, former Wisconsin standout Anna Schott’s little sister),
as well as freshman Sandy Jorgenson, who is simply a beast in the
air. Most college teams would be thankful to have one handler as
dominant as Sinicrope- the fact that Wisconsin has Sinicrope, Emelie
McKain, Georgia Bosscher, and (injured) Shira Klane is almost unfair.
This core of throwers is probably the strongest in the nation and when
complemented by cutters like Tsukano, Jorgenson, Courtney Kiesow (’08
Callahan winner), and Laura Bitterman, they make offense look way too
easy. They don’t move the disc particularly fast but their handlers
get the up-the-line cut quite frequently and their cutters are
consistently wide open on in-cuts for huge yardage gains. While
Wisconsin had a fair number of turnovers in their first two games,
they won the 1/2 game in the pool against Hayride 13-5 with only 8
turnovers all game. Their game was over by the time most of the other
games were at half. Tsukano and McKain were also kind enough to hand
me the head of a dead bird this weekend (wrapped in a napkin) and
deserve to be shouted out for their thoughtful gift.

Iowa State looked strong under the continued leadership of Melissa
Gibbs. They ran a very effective zone with Gibbs eating up everything
as deep-deep and on O, Gibbs’ throws carried her team to semis to
weekend. Her team relies on her to be a big playmaker and she makes
those plays look very easy. Jasmine Draper is also a very talented
player on both sides of the disc. While Iowa State’s offense is not
quite as polished as Wisconsin’s or Carleton’s, they are very
aggressive and they utilize their strengths well. They are certainly
going to be a strong contender in the Central Region that features
perennial contenders Wisconsin and Carleton, as well as the up-and-
coming Wisconsin Eau-Claire.

Carleton also looked good this weekend despite only bringing 13
players to the tournament. Captains Julia Busiek and Becca Sheridan
are very talented players and strong leaders- they seem to have a very
specific game plan and get their players to work within a system to
execute it. Busiek in particular is a very vocal leader from the
sideline- she gave her teammates a steady stream of encouragement,
following the disc tirelessly up and down the field all weekend. That
seemed to make a huge difference in the games that I saw. I was also
very impressed by Anna Snyder. She had strong throws and played great
defense, but the way she attacked the disc on her in cuts stood out to
me. She caught everything at full speed, making her very difficult to
cover. Carleton had a number of athletic players (unfortunately, many
of them did not have jerseys which made them difficult to identify),
but their strong fundamentals were also very impressive. They
utilized the dump-swing quite effectively and were very patient with
the disc. They will be a very good team when they have their full
roster.

Midwest Conglomeration was a pickup team comprised of former Midwest
standouts Meg Hofner (Illinois), Christina Wirkus (Truman State), and
Kate Sanders (Truman State), as well as some other players including
some women from St. Louis-based mixed team One Trick Pony. Hofner got
a number of layout Ds and kept the offense moving with her throws,
allowing Midwest to challenge some good teams. They were down to 5
players by the end of the weekend but seemed to have a lot of fun.

I was extremely impressed with Truman State this weekend. I watched
them play two weeks ago at Mardi Gras and the difference between their
play then and now was astounding. Apparently the weather has been
pretty miserable in Kirksville, so their time playing outdoors has
been very limited which may have impacted their performance at Mardi
Gras negatively. Emily Tobias, Mona Baucom, and Morgan Shahan, three
of their best players from last year, anchor the team but other
players such as Marianne Richter, Alexandra Lundy (creator of the
famed dance move “the Lundy”), and Julie Sztukowski have stepped up
tremendously and are getting a lot more touches. If Truman State can
continue to develop Players 4-10 on their roster, they are going to be
a very good team- their win over Carleton shows what they are capable
of. Tobias, Baucom, and Shahan were especially impressive in that
game and despite playing a very high percentage of TSUnami’s points,
they are still challenging to contain at the end of a long day or long
weekend. Truman State will be right in the mix at the top of the
South Region and it will be interesting to see how they do at Terminus
and Women’s College Centex later this month.

Kansas’ offense was led by captain Tasha Parman. She was an All-
Region selection last year and it was easy to see why when watching
Betty this weekend. Her throws look effortless and her forehand hucks
hit receivers in stride time and time again. Kansas is certainly good
enough to beat any of the top teams in the Region and given the right
circumstances, they could definitely find themselves playing in a game-
to-go in Little Rock next month.

Wash U has a new name (Tilt), a new coach (Chung Lee), and some new
grad students who are making a big difference. Grad students Jenny
McKenzie and Lauren Gramlich, who both play on One Trick Pony, as well
as Laura Halfmann (formerly of TSUnami) have added some depth to the
Wash U offense, while captains Abby Stephens and Kate Stambaugh
continue to bring the firepower on both sides of the disc.
Stambaugh’s breaks and hucks are vital to the Tilt offense. She uses
her height to her advantage and it is nearly impossible to stop both
her around and inside throws at the same time. Stephens will snag any
50/50 disc 90% of the time and seems to want it more for her team than
many other captains out there. Tilt’s offense looked much more
developed than it did last season. They utilize the dish pass very
effectively and seem to be developing a more coherent offensive set.
They are on a very positive path for development and will be testing
their mettle against the best teams in the nation at Women’s College
Centex in three weeks.

St. Louis returns all of their major players from last year- Kara
O’Malley, Teresa “TO” Ogrinc, Tricia Wong, Carolyn Batzel, and
Michelle Place. They were slated to bring an abbreviated roster (and
thus were seeded much lower than I would have seeded their full team),
but most of their big guns seemed to be in attendance (and playing
well). It’s hard to describe St. Louis’ offensive philosophy, but
it’s safe to say that they are good at what they do. There were many
many times this weekend where I heard opponents express surprise at
some of the St. Louis handlers’ decisions, yet nearly every time those
throws were completed and St. Louis walked off the field like they
expected that exact outcome. They utilize huge blading forehands and
lots of inside-out throws to very skinny spaces. They also never stop
cutting and pretty much anywhere on the field is a viable place for
them to throw, so the defense has to constantly be on its toes. Last
year, my team (Texas) game planned almost exclusively for O’Malley and
while she certainly remains one of their best players and is their
clear leader, I was also very impressed with Ogrinc this weekend. She
made some extremely difficult catches and scored a ridiculous number
of goals. She is also a very good defender as she is significantly
taller than most of her teammates. St. Louis played very aggressive
defense, specifically with the physicality of their marks and with the
way they dictated the movements of the opposition’s cutters. Their
defenders initiate much more body contact than any other college team
I have seen this season and it seemed like most teams this weekend
were not used to that type of play.

I didn’t get to watch as many of the Division II games as I would have
liked, but the level of play was quite high. Here are a few thoughts:

Wisconsin-B looked quite strong, though as mentioned in an earlier
post, having Lucille Strawn (formerly of Bella Donna) helped
tremendously. Wisconsin-B also featured several college eligible
players who played on Bella Donna in past seasons and who bring some
welcome experience to this brand-new B team. Eyleen Chou is a very
positive leader and will be a big help to this young team in terms of
continuing to develop solid players for the Wisconsin Ultimate
program.

University of Illinois-Chicago also had a good run this weekend. They
looked very solid across the board and played their way into the
championship bracket with some impressive offense. The other Chicago
college team, University of Chicago, seemed to be continuing to adjust
to the loss of captain Emma Fuller, who tore her ACL at Vegas. Fuller
was a tremendous sideline presence this weekend and her knowledge of
the game and positive attitude seemed to help her team along.
Supersnatch had some very bright moments this weekend, including a
couple of gorgeous hucks that speedy receivers were able to run down.
I would not be surprised to see them playing in some meaningful games
at Great Lakes Regionals despite the loss of their best player.

Also, big shout out to Texas B for making he 13+ hour drive to play
this weekend. They looked athletic and there are many girls on that
team who will contribute to the A team in the near future if they keep
working hard.



Sunday Results
The weather on Saturday was beautiful and I would give a lot more
weight to yesterday’s results than to today’s. Today was extremely
windy- even the best teams struggled (most failed) to score upwind in
the quarters round. Wash U and Wisconsin both lost their flips and
with no upwinders scored in either of their games, they lost on
universe point to Truman State and St. Louis respectively. Hayride
managed to score one upwinder that round to make their way into semis,
which was quite an impressive feat. The Carleton / Iowa State game
was played on a field with a crosswind, so the wind situation had less
of an effect on the outcome of that game, though it certainly still
affected the number of points scored. From my observations of teams
playing in the wind, Wisconsin was still the most skilled in terms of
throws. They scored their downwinders much more efficiently than
other teams and when they moved to the crosswind field, they scored 11
points, which was double or triple most of the points other teams
scored on the crosswind fields.

Semis was a similar situation with wind, although it seemed to have
died down slightly and teams were able to work the disc to least half-
field. After watching Pres Day, my observation is that most of the
West Coast teams’ rosters are much stronger in the Player 5-15 range
with respect to throws (with the exception of Wisconsin and
Carleton). I’m not sure if this is a result of being able to play
year-round outside or an indication that those teams focus more on
throwing fundamentals. The best throwers on teams this weekend would
stack up with the top throwers on the good West Coast teams, but after
that, there is a severe dropoff in throwing skill level, which led to
lots of turnovers when these players caught the disc downfield.

Finals featured Sectional rivals St. Louis and Truman State. The
captains agreed to play on a crosswind field, which I thought would
help the game along in terms of scoring, but both teams had a
surprisingly difficult time completing passes and scoring. Ogrinc and
O’Malley (who are primarily cutters for St. Louis) did a great job
getting more touches and working the disc down the field with give and
gos. St. Louis also used handler crashes very effectively against the
Truman State zone and on defense, often placed O’Malley as a poacher
in the lane, taking away the entire open side from the TSUnami
handlers. St. Louis scored the game winner on a big forehand down the
sideline from Wong to O’Malley.

Following finals, both teams enjoyed free Chipotle burritos and St.
Louis received a set of special edition Midwest Throwdown hats printed
by Five Ultimate.

Wash U Women’s Ultimate would like to extend a huge thank you to the
Midwest Throwdown sponsors: Five Ultimate, Ultivillage, Papa Johns,
Qdoba, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Hi/Tec Copy Center, Dierbergs, Sam’s
Club, Smoothie King, and Cold Stone Creamery. We would also like to
thank Kristen Lamm (Florida FUEL / Layuma) for designing the Midwest
Throwdown logo and merchandise.

The Wash U leadership, specifically Abby Stephens, Kate Stambaugh,
Hannah Clements, and Kate “Deuce” Wilson put a tremendous amount of
work into making this weekend a huge success. They worked hard on
getting sponsorships to provide teams with extra amenities (free
pizza, free burritos, lots of great coupons, Five Ultimate freebies,
Ultivillage freebies, etc) and spent countless hours proofreading
formats and player programs. One of their big goals was to continue
to support the spirit of Midwest Throwdown by developing women’s
ultimate in the South and Midwest- through attracting high level
teams, running a quality event, and attempting to get teams more
publicity (through round-by-round Score Reporter updates and writeups
for NUMP voters and RSD). Several other Wash U players including Sam
Huo, Emily “Fookie” Luck, Elise Bixby, and Lee Wallack also deserve
thanks for all of their help this weekend.

Thank you all for your support of Midwest Throwdown. Thank you to the
friends and families out there this weekend, the St. Louis ultimate
community for loaning us supplies, and most of all, thank you to the
players and coaches who came to St. Louis this weekend and supported
this event. Hope to see you all later this season.

Michelle, on behalf of Wash U Women’s Ultimate
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: Weekend Recap [message #14969 is a reply to message #14945] Mon, 09 March 2009 10:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Abby
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On behalf of Wash U Women's Ultimate, I want to publicly thank
Michelle Ng for everything she did to make Midwest Throwdown such a
quality event. Her mentoring, recruiting, freebie ideas, and tireless
hard work were irreplaceable in providing teams with the competition
and amenities we were able to offer. In my view, Michelle's
commitment to the growth of women's Ultimate, especially in the South
and Central regions, is unprecedented. She's raised in the bar in
what we should expect from tournaments, and I hope we all aspire to
continue what she has started. She deserves props all around.

Abby Stephens
WUWU Tilt Co-Captain
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: Weekend Recap [message #15038 is a reply to message #14945] Mon, 09 March 2009 23:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
throwdown.td
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BUMP

On Mar 9, 1:32 am, throwdown...@gmail.com wrote:
> Disclaimer:: This is lengthy.
>
> Last year, the University of Texas Women’s Ultimate program founded
> Midwest Throwdown as a way to develop competitive ultimate in the
> South and Midwest.  13 teams attended the tournament with Wisconsin
> beating Michigan in the finals. This year, the Wash U team took the
> tournament over as their primary program fundraiser with the same goal
> in mind.  Throwdown grew to 19 teams and moved to the Blue Heron Polo
> Fields about 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, MO.
>
> Some notes about specific teams:
> Saturday Round 1, #1 seed Wisconsin opened up against Iowa State, in a
> matchup featuring two of the best teams in the Central Region.  Iowa
> State drew first blood and seemed pumped, but speedy cutter Frances
> Tsukano skied two girls to tie the game at 1s, then laid out for the
> next score to put Bella Donna up 2-1.  Aimee Speaker got a D almost
> immediately, Bella Donna scored on the quick transition, and Wisconsin
> never looked back, cruising to a 13-4 win.  Wisconsin is deep this
> year despite the loss of handlers Megan Vingers and Lucille Strawn.
> They picked up transfers Amber Sinicrope (Brute Squad) and Laura
> Schott (yes, former Wisconsin standout Anna Schott’s little sister),
> as well as freshman Sandy Jorgenson, who is simply a beast in the
> air.  Most college teams would be thankful to have one handler as
> dominant as Sinicrope- the fact that Wisconsin has Sinicrope, Emelie
> McKain, Georgia Bosscher, and (injured) Shira Klane is almost unfair.
> This core of throwers is probably the strongest in the nation and when
> complemented by cutters like Tsukano, Jorgenson, Courtney Kiesow (’08
> Callahan winner), and Laura Bitterman, they make offense look way too
> easy.  They don’t move the disc particularly fast but their handlers
> get the up-the-line cut quite frequently and their cutters are
> consistently wide open on in-cuts for huge yardage gains.  While
> Wisconsin had a fair number of turnovers in their first two games,
> they won the 1/2 game in the pool against Hayride 13-5 with only 8
> turnovers all game.  Their game was over by the time most of the other
> games were at half.  Tsukano and McKain were also kind enough to hand
> me the head of a dead bird this weekend (wrapped in a napkin) and
> deserve to be shouted out for their thoughtful gift.
>
> Iowa State looked strong under the continued leadership of Melissa
> Gibbs.  They ran a very effective zone with Gibbs eating up everything
> as deep-deep and on O, Gibbs’ throws carried her team to semis to
> weekend.  Her team relies on her to be a big playmaker and she makes
> those plays look very easy.  Jasmine Draper is also a very talented
> player on both sides of the disc.  While Iowa State’s offense is not
> quite as polished as Wisconsin’s or Carleton’s, they are very
> aggressive and they utilize their strengths well.  They are certainly
> going to be a strong contender in the Central Region that features
> perennial contenders Wisconsin and Carleton, as well as the up-and-
> coming Wisconsin Eau-Claire.
>
> Carleton also looked good this weekend despite only bringing 13
> players to the tournament.  Captains Julia Busiek and Becca Sheridan
> are very talented players and strong leaders- they seem to have a very
> specific game plan and get their players to work within a system to
> execute it.  Busiek in particular is a very vocal leader from the
> sideline- she gave her teammates a steady stream of encouragement,
> following the disc tirelessly up and down the field all weekend.  That
> seemed to make a huge difference in the games that I saw.  I was also
> very impressed by Anna Snyder.  She had strong throws and played great
> defense, but the way she attacked the disc on her in cuts stood out to
> me.  She caught everything at full speed, making her very difficult to
> cover.  Carleton had a number of athletic players (unfortunately, many
> of them did not have jerseys which made them difficult to identify),
> but their strong fundamentals were also very impressive.  They
> utilized the dump-swing quite effectively and were very patient with
> the disc.  They will be a very good team when they have their full
> roster.
>
> Midwest Conglomeration was a pickup team comprised of former Midwest
> standouts Meg Hofner (Illinois), Christina Wirkus (Truman State), and
> Kate Sanders (Truman State), as well as some other players including
> some women from St. Louis-based mixed team One Trick Pony.  Hofner got
> a number of layout Ds and kept the offense moving with her throws,
> allowing Midwest to challenge some good teams.  They were down to 5
> players by the end of the weekend but seemed to have a lot of fun.
>
> I was extremely impressed with Truman State this weekend.  I watched
> them play two weeks ago at Mardi Gras and the difference between their
> play then and now was astounding.  Apparently the weather has been
> pretty miserable in Kirksville, so their time playing outdoors has
> been very limited which may have impacted their performance at Mardi
> Gras negatively.  Emily Tobias, Mona Baucom, and Morgan Shahan, three
> of their best players from last year, anchor the team but other
> players such as Marianne Richter, Alexandra Lundy (creator of the
> famed dance move “the Lundy”), and Julie Sztukowski have stepped up
> tremendously and are getting a lot more touches.  If Truman State can
> continue to develop Players 4-10 on their roster, they are going to be
> a very good team- their win over Carleton shows what they are capable
> of.  Tobias, Baucom, and Shahan were especially impressive in that
> game and despite playing a very high percentage of TSUnami’s points,
> they are still challenging to contain at the end of a long day or long
> weekend.  Truman State will be right in the mix at the top of the
> South Region and it will be interesting to see how they do at Terminus
> and Women’s College Centex later this month.
>
> Kansas’ offense was led by captain Tasha Parman.  She was an All-
> Region selection last year and it was easy to see why when watching
> Betty this weekend.  Her throws look effortless and her forehand hucks
> hit receivers in stride time and time again.  Kansas is certainly good
> enough to beat any of the top teams in the Region and given the right
> circumstances, they could definitely find themselves playing in a game-
> to-go in Little Rock next month.
>
> Wash U has a new name (Tilt), a new coach (Chung Lee), and some new
> grad students who are making a big difference.  Grad students Jenny
> McKenzie and Lauren Gramlich, who both play on One Trick Pony, as well
> as Laura Halfmann (formerly of TSUnami) have added some depth to the
> Wash U offense, while captains Abby Stephens and Kate Stambaugh
> continue to bring the firepower on both sides of the disc.
> Stambaugh’s breaks and hucks are vital to the Tilt offense.  She uses
> her height to her advantage and it is nearly impossible to stop both
> her around and inside throws at the same time.  Stephens will snag any
> 50/50 disc 90% of the time and seems to want it more for her team than
> many other captains out there.  Tilt’s offense looked much more
> developed than it did last season.  They utilize the dish pass very
> effectively and seem to be developing a more coherent offensive set.
> They are on a very positive path for development and will be testing
> their mettle against the best teams in the nation at Women’s College
> Centex in three weeks.
>
> St. Louis returns all of their major players from last year- Kara
> O’Malley, Teresa “TO” Ogrinc, Tricia Wong, Carolyn Batzel, and
> Michelle Place.  They were slated to bring an abbreviated roster (and
> thus were seeded much lower than I would have seeded their full team),
> but most of their big guns seemed to be in attendance (and playing
> well).  It’s hard to describe St. Louis’ offensive philosophy, but
> it’s safe to say that they are good at what they do.  There were many
> many times this weekend where I heard opponents express surprise at
> some of the St. Louis handlers’ decisions, yet nearly every time those
> throws were completed and St. Louis walked off the field like they
> expected that exact outcome.  They utilize huge blading forehands and
> lots of inside-out throws to very skinny spaces.  They also never stop
> cutting and pretty much anywhere on the field is a viable place for
> them to throw, so the defense has to constantly be on its toes.  Last
> year, my team (Texas) game planned almost exclusively for O’Malley and
> while she certainly remains one of their best players and is their
> clear leader, I was also very impressed with Ogrinc this weekend.  She
> made some extremely difficult catches and scored a ridiculous number
> of goals.  She is also a very good defender as she is significantly
> taller than most of her teammates.  St. Louis played very aggressive
> defense, specifically with the physicality of their marks and with the
> way they dictated the movements of the opposition’s cutters.  Their
> defenders initiate much more body contact than any other college team
> I have seen this season and it seemed like most teams this weekend
> were not used to that type of play.
>
> I didn’t get to watch as many of the Division II games as I would have
> liked, but the level of play was quite high.  Here are a few thoughts:
>
> Wisconsin-B looked quite strong, though as mentioned in an earlier
> post, having Lucille Strawn (formerly of Bella Donna) helped
> tremendously.  Wisconsin-B also featured several college eligible
> players who played on Bella Donna in past seasons and who bring some
> welcome experience to this brand-new B team.  Eyleen Chou is a very
> positive leader and will be a big help to this young team in terms of
> continuing to develop solid players for the Wisconsin Ultimate
> program.
>
> University of Illinois-Chicago also had a good run this weekend.  They
> looked very solid across the board and played their way into the
> championship bracket with some impressive offense.  The other Chicago
> college team, University of Chicago, seemed to be continuing to adjust
> to the loss of captain Emma Fuller, who tore her ACL at Vegas.  Fuller
> was a ...
>
> read more »
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: Weekend Recap [message #15126 is a reply to message #15038] Tue, 10 March 2009 17:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Any photographers loitering last weekend in Saint Lou?


Peter & Hank & co.
www.thisisultimate.com

p.s. When is Torno doing his exhibit anyway?
Re: Women's Midwest Throwdown 2009:: Weekend Recap [message #15135 is a reply to message #15126] Tue, 10 March 2009 20:04 Go to previous message
Michelle Ng
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Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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One of the Truman State guys (Bryan De Guzman) took some sweet
pictures of TSUnami that are up on Facebook now. Other than that, I
saw a fair number of people taking pictures with some nice equipment.
I think most were family members of players, so hopefully some of
those pictures will surface eventually.

Michelle


On Mar 10, 7:34 pm, i...@ThisIsUltimate.com wrote:
> Any photographers loitering last weekend in Saint Lou?
>
> Peter &  Hank & co.www.thisisultimate.com
>
> p.s. When is Torno doing his exhibit anyway?
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