‘Mr. Yuk’ ultimate team trains to be the best
For many people, Ultimate Frisbee is a rather unknown sport. While the sport may not be as popular as football or basketball, Ultimate players are motivated and extremely hardworking. Carnegie Mellon boasts a pioneering program that has been around since 1975, when only a handful of teams existed in the nation. Competition for Ultimate Frisbee is structured in a tournament style, usually held on the weekends at various locations within the region that the team belongs to. The Ultimate players maintain a rigorous training regime, incorporating team practices with running and weightlifting workouts each week. Managing academics, practice, and traveling can be difficult, but the extra effort is worth it. Although many Ultimate players play Frisbee for the first time upon coming to college, the team consists of athletes from all sports backgrounds.
For first-year human-computer interaction graduate student Jeremy Kanter, Ultimate Frisbee has been both a challenging and rewarding experience. Finishing in fifth place in a tough section this year, Kanter pointed out that the Ultimate team has sights set on battling for a higher place in seasons to come. “Our style now is predicated on hard work, speed, and aggressive defense,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of good young players, all pure athletes, and it’s only a matter of time until we’re back to making regionals regularly.”