USA Ultimate Announces Men's Team for 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships

Posted: February 18, 2016 10:08 AM

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Feb. 18, 2016) – USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate in the United States and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is excited to announce the athletes who will represent the U.S. this summer on the men’s national team at the 2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships (WJUC).

"Year after year, I am astounded by the growth of talent at our team tryouts," said Chase Sparling-Beckley, men’s team head coach. "This year's group of candidates was far and away the deepest talent pool we have seen to date, and it made our team and alternate decisions incredibly difficult. That said, we are extremely excited with the group of athletes that we have chosen and feel like this year’s team has the potential to be something really special. We look forward to getting to work."

The 60 athletes named to the two 2016 U.S. National Team rosters – men’s and women’s – are some of the world’s best youth ultimate players. The final rosters were selected after two weekends of tryouts that included more than 200 athletes, who were selected from a pool of nearly 400 initial applicants. 

WJUC 2016, which represents the 17th edition of the tournament, is expected to host 40 teams and 1,000 athletes from more than 20 countries. WJUC was first held as a division of the World Ultimate and Guts Championship, beginning with the inaugural event in 1983. WJUC has since become its own event which takes place every two years.

The United States first competed at the World Junior Ultimate Championships in 1988. Since that time, U.S. teams have earned 19 WJUC medals: nine gold, four silver and six bronze.

WJUC 2016 is set to be held July 31-August 6 in Wroclaw, Poland – the site of the 2017 World Games – and will be hosted by the World Flying Disc Federation and the Polish Ultimate Players Association. 

2016 World Junior Ultimate Championships
U.S. National Team
Men’s Division

Name City, State High School
Michael Bartell Seattle, Wash. Seattle Academy
Stanley Birdsong Atlanta, Ga. Paideia
Nathan Champoux Ypsilanti, Mich. Washtenaw Technical Middle College
Lucas Chen Bellevue, Wash. Bellevue
Colby Chuck Berkeley, Calif. Berkeley
Sam Cook Seattle, Wash. Northwest School
Jeremy Dolezal-Ng Alameda, Calif. Berkeley
Robbie Farwell Seattle, Wash. Bush School
Duncan Fitzgerald Washington, D.C. Woodrow Wilson
Joe Freund Blacksburg, Va. Yorktown
Micah Jo Lawrenceville, Ga. Brookwood
Tannor Johnson Lexington, Mass. Lexington
Dillon Lanier Chapel Hill, N.C. Carolina Friends
Ivan Lee Seattle, Wash. Franklin
Tremont Miller Seattle, Wash. Franklin
Jordan Monnin Clarksville, Ohio Homeschool
Drew Peterschmidt Albany, Ore. Crescent Valley
John Randolph Seattle, Wash. Lakeside (WA)
Jake Reinhardt Lake Jackson, Texas Brazoswood
Aldous Root Bellevue, Wash. Interlake
James Rushing Yardley, Pa. Pennsbury
Liam Searles-Bohs Durham, N.C. Carolina Friends
Trey Taylor Minnetonka, Minn. Hopkins
Grant Waldron Mufreesboro, Tenn. Blackman


Name City, State High School
Conor Brownell Decatur, Ga. Lakeside (GA)
Kai DeLorenzo Shelburne Falls, Mass. Four Rivers Charter
Cameron Ficher Bend, Ore. Summit
Cole Jurek Shoreview, Minn. Mounds View 
Daniel Mah Seattle, Wash. Nathan Hale
Marc Rovner Chapel Hill, N.C. Carrboro
Ted Sither Arlington, Va. HB Woodlawn
Ben Swiatek Naperville, Ill. Neuqua Valley
Justin Ting Washington, D.C. University Prep


MichaelBartell WJUC2016      
Michael Bartell   Stanley Birdsong   Nathan Champoux   Lucas Chen
Colby Chuck
  Sam Cook   Jeremy Dolezal-Ng   Robbie Farwell
  JoeFreund WJUC2016       
Duncan Fitzgerald   Joe Freund   Micah Jo   Tannor Johnson
Dillon Lanier    Ivan Lee   Tremont Miller   Jordan Monnin
Drew Peterschmidt   John Randolph   Jake Reinhardt   Aldous Root
James Rushing
  Liam Searles-Bohs
  Trey Taylor   Grant Waldron



Conor Brownell   Kai DeLorenzo   Cameron Ficher   Cole Jurek
Daniel Mah   Marc Rovner   Ted Sither
  Ben Swiatek
Justin Ting            


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