U.S. National Teams’ 2015 WCBU Campaigns Kick Off Sunday

Posted: March 4, 2015 11:40 AM

Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 4, 2015) – Over the next several days, more than 100 American athletes will be making their way to Dubai, U.A.E., to represent the United States and USA Ultimate at the 2015 World Championships of Beach Ultimate (WCBU).

The United States is one of only four nations sending seven teams, one each in the men’s, mixed, women’s, men’s masters, mixed masters, women’s masters and grandmasters divisions being contested at this year’s WCBU. Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom are the other three nations sending seven teams.

This year’s World Championships of Beach Ultimate will feature more than 1,000 athletes from 71 teams representing 25 nations. Nearly 400 games will be played on Jumeriah Beach over the course of the five-day event. Competition kicks off at 3:00pm (6:00am ET) local time on Sunday, March 8, when the U.S. women’s team faces off against Germany in the event’s opening showcase game.

The United States nearly swept all seven divisions at WCBU 2011, taking home six gold medals and a silver medal in the mixed masters division. This year’s teams will look to make it a clean sweep and all arrive in Dubai as the overall one seeds in their respective divisions. But ultimate around the world has progressed in the last four years, and plenty of nations will have their eyes on the U.S.

In particular, fan favorites the Philippines’ Boracay Dragons will surely provide plenty of excitement for everyone on the beaches of Dubai. After falling 9-13 to the U.S. men’s team in the finals in 2011, they are back for more. They have been working with U.S. strength and conditioning coach Tim Morrill twice a day, six days a week in the lead-up to this year’s Championships.

Both the mixed and women’s divisions had close calls in their 2011 finals victories, 9-8 over Germany and 10-9 over Canada, respectively. Because the mixed division includes pool play this year, the U.S. doesn’t have a chance to meeting Germany until bracket play, but the women’s team will face off against second-seeded Canada in their second game of the tournament – at 12:00pm local time Monday.

The U.S. victories in the 2011 masters division were less closely contested, although the grandmasters squad did suffer their only loss of the tournament at the hands of Austria before getting their revenge in the finals.

Of the 109 American athletes, 35 are veterans of the 2011 World Championships of Beach Ultimate. The men’s squad looks the most familiar, with five returners on the 15-man roster. Competition at the World Championships of Beach Ultimate are played under the WFDF Rules of Beach Ultimate which designates 5 v. 5 play with roster limits set at 15 for the men’s, mixed and women’s divisions and 17 for grandmasters and all masters divisions.

The sheer size of the United States makes team training sessions logistically difficult to arrange in the lead-up to the World Championships. Many U.S. athletes met and competed together at Lei Out in mid-January, but for most, that weekend was the extent of their team training. Each team will need to find chemistry quickly to be successful in Dubai.

Follow along with the U.S. teams on Twitter (@USAUltimateWCBU), and stay tuned to usaultimate.org for daily updates on the action from Dubai.

WCBU 2015 Fast Facts

  • Location: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Teams: 71

  • Athletes: 1,100 

    • American Athletes: 109

  • Games: 380

  • Countries: 25

  • Time Difference: +9 hours (from U.S. ET)

  Event Information

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2015 U.S. Beach National Teams


City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Adam Raty San Mateo, CA Polar Bears
An-Chi Tsou Berkeley, CA Polar Bears
Bob Liu Ames, IA Machine
Byron Liu Atlanta, GA Chain Lightning
Claire Desmond San Francisco, CA Fury
Eli Friedman Portland, OR Rhino
Greg Marliave Berkeley, CA Polar Bears
Jenny Fey Arlington, VA Ant Madness
Kevin Cocks Sacramento, CA Polar Bears
Kiran Thomas Austin, TX Doublewide*
Markham Shofner Washington, DC Truck Stop
Natasha Won Pleasanton, CA Polar Bears
Nicky Spiva New Orleans, LA Chain Lightning
Raha Mozaffari Philadelphia, PA AMP
Samantha McClellan Washington DC Scandal



City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Alan Kolick Washington, DC Truck Stop
Asa Wilson Atlanta, GA Chain Lightning
Brett Matzuka Raleigh, NC Johnny Bravo
David Cranston Arlington, VA Truck Stop
Frank Devin Barich Seattle, WA Sockeye
Jack Hatchett Somerville, MA Ironside
Jack Marsh Piermont, NY PoNY
Jack McShane Westminster, CO Johnny Bravo
Jared Inselmann Decatur, GA Chain Lightning
Jonathan Helton Chicago, IL Machine
Mario O’Brien Seattle, WA Sockeye
Mark Poole Atlanta, GA Chain Lightning
Teddy Browar-Jarus Somerville, MA Ironside
Tyler DeGirolamo Bellevue, PA Temper
Tyler Kinley Seattle, WA Sockeye



City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Anna Nazarov San Francisco, CA Fury
Becky Malinowski Somerville, MA Brute Squad
Claire Chastain Boulder, CO Molly Brown
Claudia Tajima Medford, MA Brute Squad
Cree Howard Oakland, CA Fury
Jessi Jones Raleigh, NC Phoenix
Kristin Franke Princeton, NJ Scandal
Liza Minor Iowa City, IA Heist
Nora Carr Seattle, WA Riot
Qxhna Titcomb Medford, MA Brute Squad
Rohre Titcomb Seattle, WA Riot
Sally Mimms San Francisco, CA Nightlock
Sara Miller Chicago, IL Nemesis


Mixed Masters

Name City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Bridget Kane Plymouth, MN Pop
Chris Gwinner Decatur, GA Reckon
Daniel Furfari Conshohocken, PA AMP
Danny Clark Jamaica Plain, MA Ironside
Joel Wooten Columbia, SC Chain Lightning
Keegan Uhl West Hollywood, CA LA Metro*
Kimberly Beach Harrisburg, PA Scandal
Lori Eich Chicago, IL Mischief
Matt Schmucker Jamison, PA Philly Masters
Maureen McCamley Atlanta, GA Bucket
Nick Poore Cary, NC Boneyard
Rachel Poore Cary, NC Slow White*
Remy Schor Playa del Rey, CA Mischief
Sean Murray Morristown, NJ SHUYAMOUF
Trey Katzenbach Gladwyne, PA AMP
Tyler Grant San Francisco, CA Mischief


Open Masters

City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Brett Kolinek Chicago, IL Machine
Chuck Kindred Milwaukee, WI 7 Figures*
Dan Gillick Oakland, CA Blackbird
Don Tom Houston, TX Space City Ignite
Greg Husak Santa Barbara, CA Condors
Jason Rector Asheville, NC Cahoots
Joe Iannacone Austin, TX Cosa Nostra
John Sandahl Minneapolis, MN T.C. Imperial
Kevin Ryan Columbus, OH Madcow
Matt Wilken Ann Arbor, MI High Five
Michael Kapoor Sheridan, CO Inception
Ray Illian Seattle, WA Sockeye
Ricky Eikstadt Ann Arbor, MI Surly
Ryan Balch Baltimore, MD Reckon
Sean McCall Houston, TX Space City Ignite
Timmy Murray Brevard, NC Cahoots
Webster McBride Brooklyn, NY Horse


Women's Masters

City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Angela Lin Atlanta, GA Ozone
Becky LeDonne Madison, WI Dish
Brittany Winner Boulder, CO Steamboat
Crystal Davis Washington DC Scandal
Dominique Fontenette Portland, OR Riot
Erika Swanson Pasadena, CA 7 Figures
Heather Ann Brauer Seattle, WA Underground
Jessica Blanton La Jolla, CA 7 Figures*
June Srisethnil South San Francisco, CA Darkhorse*
Kate Kingery Seattle, WA Riot
Kelly Bolt Chicago, IL Nemesis
Manisha Daryani San Francisco, CA Fury
Rachel Holz San Francisco, CA Blackbird
Tina Woodings Austin, TX Showdown
Tracy Woo Cambridge, MA Godiva
Trudy Philip Seattle, WA Underground



Name City, ST Current/Most Recent Team
Aaron Moredock Cane Ridge, TN Reckon
Adam Goff New York, NY Georgetown Brewing
Alex de Frondeville Arlington, MA No Country
Arnold Sanchez Brooklyn, NY No Country
Billy Maroon Philadelphia, PA No Country*
David Turell Durham, NH Reckon*
Eric Olson Encinitas, CA No Country
Frankus Flores Oakland, CA Shadows
Fritz Burkhardt South Burlington, VT No Country
Gabe Fuzat Pearland, TX Tejas
Gary LeDonne Western Springs, IL WSUC
Jim Parinella Sudbury, MA No Country
John Hammond Atlanta, GA Reckon
Jon Meade Nashville, TN Reckon
Matthew Krei Aurora, CO Johnny Encore
Stephen LaCrosse Indianapolis, IN Georgetown Brewing
Steve Dugan Santa Barbara, CA No Country

*Not on a 2014 team roster

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