USA Ultimate Announces Men's Team for 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championships

Posted: February 11, 2016 08:09 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 23 athletes who will represent the United States this summer on the men’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.

"There is plenty of work ahead, and the outcome of the team is anything but assured, but with this group of players, we are off to an excellent start," said Alex Ghesquiere, the men's team head coach. "The tryout process clearly showed the incredible depth of the U.S.A. talent pool. It is clear to me that our U.S.A. first team would have very tight games against a second team or a third team in head-to-head match ups. The focus may be on the players that made the team in this iteration, but I can't state strongly enough how impressed I am with all of the candidates and how hard these decisions were."

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
Men’s Division

Name City, State College Club Team
Tyler DeGirolamo Pittsburgh, Pa.  University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Temper
Trent Dillon Pittsburgh, Pa. University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Temper
Tom Doi Washington, D.C.  Green Mountain College  Washington, D.C. Truck Stop 
Ryan Farrell Boulder, Colo.  William & Mary  Denver Johnny Bravo 
Dylan Freechild Portland, Ore.  University of Oregon  Portland Rhino 
Kurt Gibson Dallas, Texas  University of Florida  Austin Doublewide 
Jonathan Helton  Fernandina Beach, Fla.  Wheaton College (IL) Chicago Machine 
Ashlin Joye  Albany, Calif.  UC-Davis  San Francisco Revolver 
Danny Karlinsky  Seattle, Wash.  UC-Santa Cruz  Seattle Sockeye 
Beau Kittredge  San Francisco, Calif.  University of Colorado  San Francisco Revolver 
Chris Kocher  Brooklyn, N.Y.  George Washington   New York PoNY 
Alan Kolick  Washington, D.C.  William & Mary  Washington, D.C. Truck Stop 
Henry Konker  Denver, Colo.  Colorado College  Denver Johnny Bravo 
Josh Markette  Medford, Mass.  Georgia State   Boston Ironside 
Jimmy Mickle  Golden, Colo.  University of Colorado  Denver Johnny Bravo 
Peter Prial  Washington, D.C.  Middlebury College  Washington, D.C. Truck Stop 
Cassidy Rasmussen  San Francisco, Calif.  UC-Santa Cruz  San Francisco Revolver 
Matt Rehder  Seattle, Wash.  University of La Verne  Seattle Sockeye 
Joel Schlachet  Berkeley, Calif.  UC-Berkeley  San Francisco Revolver 
Joe Sefton  Seattle, Wash.  University of Washington  Seattle Sockeye 
Nick Stuart Minneapolis, Minn.  Carleton College  Minneapolis Sub Zero 
John Stubbs Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Boston Ironside
Nathan White  Woodside, Calif.  UC-Davis  San Francisco Revolver 
Russell Wynne  Kensington, Calif.   UC-Santa Cruz  San Francisco Revolver 

UPDATE 5/5: John Stubbs added to roster.

TylerDeGirolamo WUGC2016   TrentDillon WUGC2016   TomDoi WUGC2016   RyanFarrell WUGC2016
Tyler DeGirolamo   Trent Dillon   Tom Doi   Ryan Farrell
DylanFreechild WUGC2016   KurtGibson WUGC2016   JonathanHelton WUGC2016   AshlinJoye WUGC2016
Dylan Freechild   Kurt Gibson   Jonathan Helton   Ashlin Joye
DannyKarlinsky WUGC2016   BeauKittredge WUGC2016   ChrisKocher WUGC2016   AlanKolick WUGC2016
Danny Karlinsky   Beau Kittredge   Chris Kocher   Alan Kolick
HenryKonker WUGC2016   JoshMarkette WUGC2016   JimmyMickle WUGC2016   PeterPrial WUGC2016
Henry Konker   Josh Markette   Jimmy Mickle   Peter Prial
CassidyRasmussen WUGC2016   MattRehder WUGC2016   JoelSchlachet WUGC2016   JoeSefton WUGC2016
Cassidy Rasmussen   Matt Rehder   Joel Schlachet   Joe Sefton
NickStuart WUGC2016    JohnStubbs WUGC2016   NathanWhite WUGC2016    RussellWynne WUGC2016
Nick Stuart   John Stubbs   Nathan White    Russell Wynne

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