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New Ultimate Frisbee Team Competes in Division III Tournament Play

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Ultimate Frisbee Team Competes in Division III Tournament Play

Young Harris College’s Office of Campus Activities recently welcomed to campus a new Ultimate Frisbee team. The purpose of the Ultimate Frisbee Club Team is to educate students in the sport of Ultimate Frisbee and promote exercise among the student body. The popular club sport has generated enough interest for the College to field multiple seven-member teams that are competing in USA Ultimate’s Southeast Regional Conference Division III.

“The experience of coaching this new club team has been interesting and exciting,” said Siesel, who recently became level-one certified during a coaching clinic held in Tampa Bay, Fla. There is an unbelievable variety of students that make up our team–cross country runners, band members, soccer players, resident assistants— and they all come together to form one united group.”

According to Siesel, two YHC students in particular were instrumental in bringing Ultimate Frisbee to the College. Senior biology majors Kaleb Swanda, of Blairsville, and Fernando Serrano, of Gainesville, were determined to play the sport at the collegiate level.

"I've always wanted to have an Ultimate Frisbee team on campus, but until this year, the interest for it has been too low” said Swanda. “Several of my friends approached me about starting a team, and I knew this would be the year to start it. Even though it was difficult to start the team, it surely has paid off and all of us are excited about seeing how well we perform against other teams nationally."

League play for the division officially kicked off on Jan. 4 and will continue through the end of March before postseason tournaments are held throughout April and May. YHC’s team has put in bids to participate in several sectionals this spring, including Georgia State University’s “Freaknik 2014” in February. The team must compete in a minimum of 10 league games in order to qualify for regional and national tournaments.
 
“If the interest level we have this year continues, we will definitely form multiple teams in the future to better our chances at making it to regionals and nationals,” said Siesel. “Since we are so new this year and still learning—both me as a coach and the students as players—we decided to focus on one team to get a feel for league play.”

To find out more about YHC’s Ultimate Frisbee team, contact Deven Siesel at dasiesel@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5238.

YHC Resident Director and Ultimate Frisbee team coach Deven Siesel (center) officiates the Frisbee toss to determine which team will receive the Frisbee first. Senior biology major Kaleb Swanda (left), of Blairesville, and junior business and public policy major Chase Blair (right), of Ranger, serve as captains for the team.