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Carnegie Mellon’s Ultimate Frisbee team eagerly awaits playoffs

First-year graduate student and captain Jeremy Kanter lays out for a disc during a game. The team will use the next few weeks to prepare for their sectional tournament, where they hope to take out Pennsylvania State and finish as one of the top teams in the region. The Tartans stand at 9–1 for the season. (credit: Courtesy of Jeremy Kanter) First-year graduate student and captain Jeremy Kanter lays out for a disc during a game. The team will use the next few weeks to prepare for their sectional tournament, where they hope to take out Pennsylvania State and finish as one of the top teams in the region. The Tartans stand at 9–1 for the season. (credit: Courtesy of Jeremy Kanter)

One of the strongest sports teams on campus doesn’t even compete in Division III. The number-62 Ultimate Frisbee team (of 400 teams), boasting a 9–1 season record, is the only team to compete in Division I at Carnegie Mellon.

Most notable of their successes was the IUP Nut Buster, a 10-team tournament held in Indiana, Pa. on March 14–15. The Tartans threw better and ran faster than all seven of their opponents, including John Carroll University, Catholic University, Clarion University, Kent State University, and Bloomsburg University, to finish the weekend 7–0, which included an exciting final win against the Rochester Institute of Technology, 15–9.

Captain Jeremy Kanter is hopeful about his team’s results to come.

“The only teams in our section that have proven they can be better than us this season are Pitt and Penn State. Penn State is a lot like us: a really hard-working group that makes up for a lack of star players by playing a fundamentally sound game top to bottom,” he said.

“They’ve had the edge on us this year, winning all three games we’ve faced them in, but they’re a team we know we can beat if we put all the pieces together for a full game.”

Just last Saturday, the Carnegie Mellon Ultimate team tore up the field in a one-day tournament held in Shippensburg, Pa, a few hours away from Pittsburgh.

The Tartans kicked off their successful day at 9 a.m. with a match against Penn State’s B team, whom the Tartans steamrolled 13–1. In their next match, the Tartans faced the A team from the same school in an exciting battle. Despite an 8–7 lead, the Tartans let their defenses down at the last minute and fell 10–8. This loss didn’t stop Carnegie Mellon from destroying their next opponents, Dickinson College, 13–5.

Last weekend concluded the regular season for the Ultimate team. They have a break before their sectionals in two weeks, hosted by Penn State University on April 10–11.