U.S. Ultimate Frisbee Teams Bring Home Gold
Two Alamedans helped lead their teams to victories in the Under-20 (U20) divisions at the World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) last month in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Jake Thorne was part of the men’s United States U20 National team, while Robin Anthony-Petersen was a member of the women’s U20 team. Both players are Alameda natives who once competed on the Alameda Dark Meat Ultimate Frisbee team that consisted of players from Alameda high schools.
The tournament took place Aug. 18 to 25 at the RIM Park/Manulife Financial Sportsplex.
The tournament began with pool play. The women’s U20 team competed in Pool B where they went a perfect 6-0. They began pool play with a 15-0 victory over Mexico on Sunday, Aug. 19. They took down Japan, 15-3, hours later.
The next day the U.S. beat New Zealand 15-4. The team experienced resistance in its fourth pool play match against the Netherlands. However, the U.S. was able to squeak out a 15-14 victory. the U.S. beat Italy and China 15-4 and 15-1, respectively in their last two pool play contests.
The U.S. team advanced to the power-pool stage with the top three teams from pools A and B. In the first power-pool match, they faced Columbia, captained by the Cardenas twins, two of the best players in the world. They won with ease 15-7. Next they took down defending champion Canada 14-10. The U.S. team defeated Germany 15-7 in its last power-pool match. All three power-pool matches took place Thursday, Aug. 23.
The U.S. team was given the first seed in the four-team championship tournament after its power-pool play performance. They faced Germany again in the semifinals. This time they won with a wider point disparity at 15-4.
In the final the U.S. won gold by defeating Columbia 15-8, Saturday, Aug. 25. Thirteen teams competed for the women’s championship.
The U.S. men’s team was just as dominant as the women’s team. They sported an unblemished 8-0 record through pool play. They were in Pool A.
They began their destruction with a 15-2 victory over the Dominican Republic, followed by a 15-3 win over China. Other pool play results included: 15-5 win over Japan, 15-2 victory over Sweden, 15-11 over New Zealand, 15-1 over Finland, 15-4 over Great Britain and a 15-5 win over Australia.
The top four teams from pools A and B advanced to the championship bracket. The U.S. team earned the one seed in the championship bracket. The U.S. team continued its domination in the quarterfinal where they took down Italy 15-4. The U.S. faced its toughest battle in the semifinal against Belgium. After a highly contested match, the U.S. won 15-13. In the final they beat host team Canada 15-10. Eighteen teams competed in the tournament.
This is the U.S. men’s team’s second straight gold medal at the WJUC and seventh in the last eight junior championships. This is the first time both the men’s and women’s U.S. teams won the tournament since 2006. The WJUC U20 takes place biennially.
U.S. men’s team first competed at the WJUC in 1988, while the women began in 2000. Since that time, U.S. teams have earned 21 WJUC medals: 10 gold, five silver and six bronze.
To view complete results, visit wjuc2018.com. For more information on Ultimate Frisbee in the Bay Area, visit www.bayareadisc.org.