Photos by Kevin Lecaire and Pete Guion – UltiPhotos.com
Last week, USA Ultimate released the names of the tryouts for the 2015 U-23 National Team. USA Ultimate will send three teams (Open, Mixed, Women) to compete in next year’s U-23 Ultimate Championships, which is hosted by the World Flying Disc Federation.
Out of the 500 athletes who submitted applications, three Rumble team members were selected as tryouts – Marques Brownlee, Quinn Hunziker and Jibran Mieser.
Hunziker and Brownlee head into the tryout after being named to the MLU All-Eastern Conference Defensive team.
Brownlee enjoyed a strong second half of the season, finishing the year with four goals, two assists and eleven defensive plays, good for second in the Eastern Conference. Brownlee also won the Week 7 Defensive Play of the Week and the Week 11 Offensive Play of the Week.
“It’s an honor to be considered at all for the team, and I’m looking forward to the tryout process,’ said Brownlee.
“It’s always great to get the chance to represent this country in anything, and what better thing than ultimate?”[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/J81kwbxBcnY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
Despite missing the second of the season with a broken finger, Hunziker was one of the Rumble’s most exciting players to watch with highlight-reel layouts and D’s, earning him the team’s Rookie of the year award.
Mieser, who signed on late in the season, made an immediate impact on the defensive line with his athleticism, winning the Week 11 Defensive Play of the Week.[iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/9nOYJnRUEJE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen]
The date and location for the 2015 U-23 Ultimate Championships are still TBA.