USA Ultimate Announces Women's Team for 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championship

Posted: February 11, 2016 08:00 AM

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 11, 2016)—USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced today the 24 athletes who will represent the United States this summer on the women’s national team at the 2016 WFDF World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC), June 18-25 in London.

This historic announcement marks the first time USA Ultimate has held an open tryout for what is considered to be the pinnacle of international ultimate competition.  

Previously, USA Ultimate’s reigning national championship clubs represented the U.S. at the quadrennial event.

"Understandably there will be a lot of focus on the final rosters," said women's team head coach Matty Tsang. "I would like to acknowledge the full roster of 200 plus national team members that we saw in Phoenix and Orlando. The collection of talent was unprecedented, and it was a pleasure to watch these athletes compete over the course of two weekends. Even more impressive was the level of spirit and camaraderie amongst longtime opponents and players vying for final roster spots. From veterans to players still in college, the quality of athletes and teammates was high, and it was obvious that the foundation for our national team programs is very strong. It was an honor to be a part of this process."

In all, 71 athletes were selected to the U.S. National Team in three gender-based divisions – men’s, mixed and women’s. These players are some of the world’s best and arguably represent the greatest collection of talent ever assembled. The final rosters were chosen after two weekends of tryouts that included more than 200 participants chosen by coaches from a pool of nearly 600 applicants. The team includes world champions, national champions, college champions, Callahan Award winners and more.  

The 2016 WUGC is the 14th edition of the tournament which dates back to 1983. Since its inception, the United States has won 35 medals: 25 gold, five silver and five bronze.  

This year’s incarnation will host 121 teams from 41 nations and feature five total divisions, including men’s and women’s masters. The U.S. will continue to be represented by the current national champions in those two divisions.

At the most recent WUGC, in Sakai, Japan in 2012, the U.S. National Team won three medals, a pair of golds in the men’s division and women’s masters division and a silver in the women’s division. 

2016 WFDF World Ultimate & Guts Championships
U.S. National Team
Women’s Division

Name City, State College Club Team
Sarah Anciaux  St. Paul, Minn.  University of Minnesota  Minneapolis Drag’n Thrust 
Georgia Bosscher  Raleigh, N.C.  University of Wisconsin  Madison Heist 
Calise Cardenas  Seattle, Wash.   Seattle University  Seattle Riot 
Claire Chastain  Denver, Colo.  UNC-Wilmington  Denver Molly Brown 
Katy Craley  Seattle, Wash.  University of Oregon  Seattle Riot 
Claire Desmond  San Francisco, Calif.  UC-Berkeley  San Francisco Fury 
Jenny Fey  Arlington, Va.  Mary Washington  Washington, D.C. Scandal 
Katey Forth  Houston, Texas   University of Bristol (UK) Austin Showdown 
Sarah Griffith  Seattle, Wash.  University of Michigan  Seattle Riot 
Kami Groom  Boston, Mass.  Washington University   Boston Brute Squad 
Lien Hoffmann  Somerville, Mass.  Northwestern   Boston Brute Squad 
Kaela Jorgenson  San Francisco, Calif.  UC-Santa Barbara  San Francisco Fury 
Hana Kawai  Seattle, Wash.  Brown   Seattle Riot 
Anna Nazarov  San Francisco, Calif.  UCLA  San Francisco Fury 
Octavia Payne  Washington, D.C.  University of Pennsylvania  Denver Molly Brown 
Maggie Ruden  Berkeley, Calif.  Sonoma State   San Francisco Fury 
Lauren Sadler  Seattle, Wash.  American   Seattle Riot 
Amber Sinicrope  Somerville, Mass.  Smith College  Boston Brute Squad 
Dena Slattery  Denver, Colo.  Indiana University  Denver Molly Brown 
Tina Snodgrass  Denver, Colo.  University of Oregon  Denver Molly Brown 
Alex Snyder  San Francisco, Calif.  University of Colorado  San Francisco Fury 
Rohre Titcomb  Seattle, Wash.  Dartmouth   Seattle Riot
Leila Tunnell Amherst, Mass.  University of North Carolina  Boston Brute Squad 
Mira Walker  Atlanta, Ga.  Agnes Scott College  Atlanta Ozone 


SarahAnciaux WUGC2016   GeorgiaBosscher WUGC2016   CaliseCardenas WUGC2016   ClaireChastain WUGC2016
Sarah Anciaux   Georgia Bosscher   Calise Cardenas   Claire Chastain
KatyCraley WUGC2016   ClaireDesmond WUGC2016   JennyFey WUGC2016   KateyForth WUGC2016
Katy Craley   Claire Desmond   Jenny Fey   Katey Forth
SarahGriffith WUGC2016   KamiGroom WUGC2016   LienHoffman WUGC2016   KaelaJorgenson WUGC2016
Sarah Griffith   Kami Groom   Lien Hoffmann   Kaela Jorgenson
HanaKawai WUGC2016   AnnaNazarov WUGC2016   OctaviaPayne WUGC2016   MaggieRuden WUGC2016
Hana Kawai   Anna Nazarov   Octavia Payne   Maggie Ruden
LaurenSadler WUGC2016   AmberSinicrope WUGC2016   DenaSlattery WUGC2016   TinaSnodgrass WUGC2016
Lauren Sadler   Amber Sinicrope   Dena Slattery   Tina Snodgrass
AlexSnyder WUGC2016   RohreTitcomb WUGC2016   LeilaTunnell WUGC2016   MiraWalker WUGC2016
Alex Snyder   Rohre Titcomb   Leila Tunnell   Mira Walker

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