Women's ultimate frisbee qualifies for regionals

The MIT women’s ultimate frisbee team, also known as sMITe, is heading into the New England Area Regionals this coming weekend after playing in the sectional qualifiers at Harvard on April 16 and 17. Although sMITe managed to secure a spot in regionals, the weather and a series of injuries posed a serious threat to their qualification hopes.

“The first day was really windy and came down to scoring upwind break points,” said co-Captain Kristen Murray ’16.

The severe winds on Saturday made it tough for all teams to make progress upwind, but sMITe had a particularly rough go of it and lost to Northeastern, Boston College, Harvard, and Tufts in close competitions on day one. Trying to keep their regional dream alive, sMITe returned the next day determined to advance.

“It took us some time to get back to our most competitive on Sunday,” Murray commented, “but we overcame our first day of losses and numerous injuries to secure our berth to regionals.”

sMITe beat Boston University twice on Sunday winning the final playoff bid for the Metro Boston division.

Regional competitions will take place this weekend in Amherst, Massachusetts, where the MIT women’s team will compete against Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, and other universities in an effort to advance to nationals. If sMITe succeeds at Amherst this weekend they could continue to compete in the National Championship.