USA Ultimate Announces Final 2014 U-19 National Team Rosters

Posted: April 10, 2014 08:58 PM

U.S. U-19 National Teams set their sights on Lecco, Italy

Boulder, Colo. (April 9, 2014) – USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States, is pleased to announce the athletes selected to represent the U.S. at the World Flying Disc Federation’s World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC) this July in Lecco, Italy.

More than 250 athletes from across the United States applied to be considered for the open and women’s U-19 National Teams. Invitations to participate in one of two tryout camps, either in Atlanta or Seattle, were extended to 180 applicants. Both tryout camps were a chance for the nation’s best youth ultimate players to showcase their abilities. And thanks to continued growth and increased playing opportunities in the youth division, the selection process for national teams continues to increase in difficulty.

The teams’ coaching staffs and their selection assistants worked tirelessly to be sure the players named to the final rosters will form the best teams possible to represent the U.S. at WJUC. In all, 45 athletes were invited to join the two national teams, and an additional 11 were selected as alternates.

"We were very excited that the level of play at try-outs continued to improve," said women’s team head coach Kyle Weisbrod.  "The competition made for many difficult decisions but we believe it will help us to forge a world-class team."

The team will gather for a week-long training camp in July before traveling to Italy. The World Junior Ultimate Championships are schedule for July 20-26, 2014, in Lecco. Forty teams and approximately 1,000 athletes will make the trip to the shores of Lake Como for this year’s WJUC. 

"As coaches, this moment is both bitter and sweet for us," commented open team head coach Chase Sparling-Beckley. "It is with great excitement that we look forward to building chemistry and competing in Italy this summer with the group that we have selected, but the process has already been an incredible one. The athletes and teammates that comprised the two tryout groups have gone a long way towards helping us develop the strong base on which we will build our team moving forward. We are extremely grateful for their contributions and hope to make their dreams of U.S. National Team success a reality."

The World Junior Ultimate Championships are a biennial event, held every two years, that bring together the world’s best youth ultimate players. The first event was held in 1983 with just three teams in the junior boys’ division.  The United States first competed at WJUC in 1988 when Bronx Science High School claimed a bronze medal. Since that time, U.S. teams have earned eight gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

National Team Staff
Team Manager: Baker Pratt – Denver, Colo.

Women’s Junior National Team

 WJUC14 KyleWeisbrod  WJUC14 JamieNuwer  WJUC14 MosesRifkin
Kyle Weisbrod
Head Coach
Seattle, WA
Jamie Nuwer
Assistant Coach
San Francisco, CA
Moses Rifkin
Assistant Coach
Seattle, WA


WJUC14 SarafinaAngstadt Leto   WJUC14 MiaBladin   WJUC14 PiperCurtis   WJUC14 HallieDunham
Sarafina Angstadt-Leto
Eugene, OR
  Mia Bladin
Seattle, WA
  Piper Curtis
Hanover, NH
  Hallie Dunham
Seattle, WA
WJUC14 LeahFarris   WJUC14 ZoeFreedmanColeman   WJUC14 FrancesGellert   WJUC14 CaitlinGo
Leah Farris
Atascadero, CA
  Zoe Freedman-Coleman
Amherst, MA
  Frances Gellert
Seattle, WA
  Caitlin Go
Stanford, CA
WJUC14 SadieJezierski   WJUC14 NhiNguyen   WJUC14 TiffanyPhan   WJUC14 CleaPoklemba
Sadie Jezierski
Westfield, NJ
  Nhi Nguyen
Superior, CO
  Tiffany Phan
Seattle, WA
  Clea Poklemba
Corvallis, OR
WJUC14 ClaireRevere   WJUC14 AlissaSoo   WJUC14 LinneaSoo   WJUC14 JaneUrheim
Claire Revere
Seattle, WA
  Alissa Soo
Seattle, WA
  Linnea Soo
Seattle, WA
  Jane Urheim
Wynnewood, PA
WJUC14 JaclynVerzuh   WJUC14 HayleyWahlroos   WJUC14 JuliannaWerffeli   WJUC14 MonishaWhite
Jaclyn Verzuh
Seattle, WA
  Hayley Wahlroos
Eugene, OR
  Julianna Werffeli
Kirkland, WA
  Monisha White
Stanford, CA
WJUC14 AngelaZhu            
Angela Zhu
Hanover, NH



WJUC14 GabrielleAufderheide   WJUC14 MadelineGilbert   WJUC14 EllaHansen   WJUC14 CarolynNormile
Gabrielle Aufderheide
Eugene, OR
  Madeline Gilbert
Seattle, WA
  Ella Hansen
Seattle, WA
  Carolyn Normile
Wynnewood, PA
WJUC14 SarahSparks            
Sarah Sparks
Falmouth, ME



Open Junior National Team

 WJUC14 ChaseSparlingBeckley  WJUC14 GeorgeStubbs  WJUC14 SamOBrien
Chase Sparling-Beckley
Head Coach
Portland, OR
George Stubbs
Assistant Coach
Somerville, MA
Sam O'Brien
Assistant Coach
Minneapolis, MN


WJUC14 StevenBenaloh   WJUC14 EmmettBlau   WJUC14 SamCook   WJUC14 SebastianDiFrancesco
Steven Benaloh
Redmond, WA
  Emmett Blau
Bedford, NY
  Samuel Cook
Seattle, WA
  Sebastian Di Francesco
Atlanta, GA
WJUC14 BrettGramann   WJUC14 NathanHaskell   WJUC14 MacHecht   WJUC14 RyanHiser
Brett Gramann
Austin, TX
  Nathan Haskell
Atlanta, GA
  Mac Hecht
Newton, M
  Ryan Hiser
Vero Beac, FL
WJUC14 LeviJacobs   WJUC14 NatanLee Engel   WJUC14 SamLehman   WJUC14 ConnorMatthews
Levi Jacobs
Bargersville, IN
  Natan Lee-Engel
Seattle, WA
  Sam Lehman
Mercer Island, WA
  Connor Matthews
Eugene, OR
WJUC14 TerrenceMitchell   WJUC14 JosiahMort   WJUC14 EliMotycka   WJUC14 AndersOlsen
Terrence Mitchell
Durham, NC
  Josiah Mort
Atascadero, CA
  Eli Motycka
Nashville, TN
  Anders Olsen
Atlanta, GA
WJUC14 AlexOlson   WJUC14 AaronPeterschmidt   WJUC14 JakeRitmire   WJUC14 DominicSchuster
Alexander Olson
Seattle, WA
  Aaron Peterschmidt
Albany, OR
  Jake Ritmire
Seattle, WA
  Dominic Schuster
Cincinnati, OH
WJUC14 CharlieSchuweiler   WJUC14 ScottTrimble   WJUC14 TristanVanDeMoortele   WJUC14 SolYanuck
Charles Schuweiler
St. Cloud, MN
  Scott Trimble
Gibsonia, PA
  Tristan Van de Moortele
Minneapolis, MN
  Sol Yanuck
Chapel Hill, NC



WJUC14 AlexKunzer   WJUC14 AndrewLehmberg   WJUC14 WalkerMatthews   WJUC14 WyattMekler
Alex Kunzer
Shoreview, MN
  Andrew Lehmberg
Westfield, NJ
  Walker Matthews
Durham, NC
  Wyatt Mekler
Minnetonka, MN
WJUC14 GrantMitchell   WJUC14 JackShanahan        
Grant Mitchell
Bellevue, WA
  Jack Shanahan
Naperville, IL


Photos by: Brian Chu and Christina Schmidt/Ultiphotos

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