With two weeks of practice under their belt, the year ahead looks bright for Colorado College Men’s Ultimate.
After finishing seventh in the South Central Region last spring and losing 15-13 in a hard-fought game to eventual champion University of Texas, Colorado College Wasabi Ultimate is looking to once again make a deep playoff run. Wasabi last made the Division I National Championships in Boulder, CO in 2011 after a 25-4 regular season record.
This year’s team lost only four starters and is looking to build on a core group of returners with a strong first-year class. After just two weeks of practice, members of the team already think they have done just that.
“Our [first-year] class looks very promising this year,” said Senior Conor Crowley, captain of Wasabi Ultimate. “There are a number of kids who look like they could make an impact on the field after being with us for a year and learning what CC Ultimate is all about.”
The team is also excited about the addition of a lifting program directed by Scott Caulfield, head coach at the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
After being self-coached and trained for a number of years, the team is looking to take the next step towards becoming a national contender once again with the addition of the training staff.
All these pieces make the team optimistic about the prospects for the year.
Originally founded in 1989, Wasabi Ultimate has seen major changes over the history of the program. Once named “The Herbivores,” the team used to struggle to get a full team to put on the field for each tournament. However, over the past two decades, the program has grown both in numbers and in national recognition, both on and off the field.
On a flight to the President’s Day Invite in San Diego this past spring, the team garnered national attention from a Youtube video of the “Harlem Shake” craze. The video currently stands at over 6 million views.
This year, Wasabi Ultimate is looking to garner attention for success on the field. “Our goal is to get back to nationals this year,” said Felix Braun, another Wasabi captain. “There is nothing more prestigious for a program than making nationals, and we’re hungry to get back after being on the outside looking in for the last two years.”
The team opens preseason play in October with a tournament at the Air Force Academy, and will begin their regular season this spring.
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