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By Jonah Galeota-Sprung

Markian Kuzmowycz has been getting work. With 78 catches on the season, he’s one of the Rumble’s most active receivers — and one of their most consistent, too. Top level speed gets him open, and his seemingly endless endurance keeps him that way late in the game. It’s no surprise that he’s fifth on the team in goals scored, with 11 so far.

Kuzmowycz, or “Muk” as he sometimes goes by, started playing Ultimate at Drexel University in 2004. A move to McGill University in Montreal brought him to the school’s team just in time for their finals run at the 2006 Canadian College Ultimate Championships. In 2008 he captained the team, and after graduating spent the 2009 season as their coach. Markian also began playing with Montreal area team Mephisto, and in 2010 traveled with them to the World Club Ultimate Championships in Prague.

The next year brought Kuzmowycz to NYC, where he joined NYC’s top club team PoNY (also home to a number of other key Rumble players). In 2012, PoNY made an appearance at Club Nationals, which had been a longtime goal for Kuzmowycz. Not satisfied though, he joined the Rumble for their first season, and has set his sights on an MLU Championship…

Markian always plays with a chip on his shoulder, never taking a single in-cut for granted. His focus and discipline make him a standout receiver for the Rumble. Look for him to keep making big contributions as New York finishes the season fighting for a postseason spot.

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