Luther College Ultimate team soars to nationals

June 6, 2012

The Luther Ultimate Flying Disc Association competed in the Ultimate USA Division I National Tournament, held May 25-28 in Boulder, Colo. 

Luther Ultimate went 2-2 in pool play claiming the second seed in the pool to advance to the round of 16.

On day one, Luther Ultimate beat the University of Michigan, 15-14 and lost to the University of Pittsburgh, 10-15.

On day two, the team lost to University of California-Davis, 13-15 and defeated the University of Texas, 14-10, advancing the team to the round of 16. Luther Ultimate defeated Colorado in the round of 16, 14-9.

On day three, Luther Ultimate lost to the University of Oregon, 15-10, to end tied for fifth place. 

The team advanced to the USA Ultimate Division I national tournament by placing among the top five teams in the 14-team North Central Regional Tournament, played Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, in Northfield, Minn.

This is the second consecutive year the team advanced to nationals and the third time in the last four years.

The five teams that qualified for nationals from the North Central Region were Luther, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota, Carleton College and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Luther Ultimate opened the regional tournament with wins over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the top seed in the pool Carleton College. Luther won the quarterfinal game against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In the semifinal round, Luther played against The University of Iowa, who had defeated Luther three times earlier in the season. Luther emerged victorious with a 12-10 win, qualifying the team for the Division I National Tournament. Luther's offense was never broken, meaning Iowa's defense did not score. Luther's defense completed one break on Iowa's offense, which proved to be the difference in this rivalry game.

The semifinal win put Luther in its first regional championship game where they faced Carleton College a second time and lost.

At the National Tournament, 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams from 11 regions across the U.S. competed for their respective national titles. Among the top men's teams that qualified for nationals from other regions are the University of Michigan, Michigan State,

University of Central Florida, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Tufts University, Cornell University, University of Oregon, University of Washington, The Ohio University, University of Colorado, University of Texas, University of California and University of California-Davis.

Division I college teams affiliated with USA Ultimate play in 11 regions in the U.S. About 250 teams started in the qualification process for nationals. Top teams in sectional tournaments advanced to their respective regional tournaments, and the top regional tournament winners are invited to nationals. Across both men's and women's divisions, including Division I and III, about 700 teams and 14,000 student athletes participate in the sport.

For information about the national tournament, go to website http://www.usaultimate.org.

Coach Reid Wilson said the Luther Ultimate team extends its thanks to Luther staff who have helped them build a club sport team that is one of the nation's top USA Ultimate college programs. The team also extends their thanks to alumni, parents and friends who show their dedicated support the team.

USA Ultimate is an international, not-for-profit, amateur sports organization with member associations in 55 countries. USA Ultimate is guided by a board of directors and an executive director. The organization develops the rules for Ultimate, is responsible for hosting the national tournament and is involved in the world championships.