Sports

Club teams look for new members

Carnegie Mellon’s ultimate Frisbee A team, Mr. Yuk, competed in the Ohio Valley Regionals last year for the first time since 2005–06. The club is one of the 18 club sports currently active at the university. (credit: File Photo) Carnegie Mellon’s ultimate Frisbee A team, Mr. Yuk, competed in the Ohio Valley Regionals last year for the first time since 2005–06. The club is one of the 18 club sports currently active at the university. (credit: File Photo)

As the summer comes to a close and students at Carnegie Mellon return to campus, The Tartan caught up with two club sports teams as they are preparing to start a new season and begin the search for new members.

Water polo

After finishing on a high note last season, both the men’s and women’s water polo teams look to continue to build their program.

The men’s team finished first out of the Division III teams in its league. This strong performance granted the men’s team a spot in the Division III National Championship Tournament at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., where the team ultimately finished in seventh place. Junior Vasos Lee was named to the All Mid-Atlantic Division Team.

Meanwhile, the women’s team completed its season at home as it hosted the Mid-Atlantic Championship Tournament. During the tournament, junior Clare McKendry was named to the All Mid-Atlantic Division Team. After wins over both Virginia Tech and James Madison University, the women’s water polo team finished in ninth place.
Both the men’s and women’s teams practice year round, with the men competing in the fall and the women in the spring.

This season, the water polo team is looking for players with some swimming background; however, no water polo experience is necessary. The team includes players at all levels of experience, from those who are brand new to the sport to former national champions. The team’s captains are Clare McKendry (cmckendr@) and Keith Appleby (ksappleby@gmail.com).

Ultimate Frisbee

The Carnegie Mellon ultimate Frisbee team is looking for new members, whether you want to be competitive or simply stay in shape and make friends. There is a competitive A team, known as Mr. Yuk, for advanced players, and a developmental B team, known as Harmful If Swallowed, for players who either want to just play a fun sport with their friends or for people who want to work hard to improve their game and make the A team.

This past year, Mr. Yuk placed third at sectionals and went on to compete at the Ohio Valley Regionals. Regionals consisted of 15 teams; among the top teams were the University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, and Penn State University.

Regionals was a tough competition for Mr. Yuk, as the team suffered losses to teams that finished third, fifth, and 10th, and Carnegie Mellon did not go on to compete at nationals. On the upside, this was Mr. Yuk’s first regional appearance since the 2005–06 school year.

Moving on to this year, Carnegie Mellon ultimate Frisbee players better understand what it takes to maintain a high-quality program, and they hope to improve this year with a stronger schedule.

Members of Mr. Yuk and Harmful If Swallowed can be found throwing and playing pickup Frisbee on the Cut every day of the week during Orientation, starting around 11 a.m. Additionally, the Ultimate After Playfair event will be hosted on the Gesling Stadium turf on Monday, Aug. 22. Several members in the ultimate program will be directing students to the turf after Playfair.

If you are interested in getting more information about the ultimate Frisbee team and possibly playing, send the team an e-mail at ultimate@, or contact Mr. Yuk’s captain this year, senior Ben Clark.