Monday, May 16, 2016

DC-Area Beach Ultimate Team Wins National Title

Congratulations to Opig for winning the 2016 National Beach Ultimate Championship in the Mixed Division!

Opig from Arlington, Virginia, won its pool with a perfect (4-0) record on May 14th. Opig beat Beachboat 12 - 9, Squirtle Squad 13 - 5, Big Fish 13 - 3 and finished the day with a 3-point win against comic sands in the evening's showcase game. Their success on Saturday gave them a first-round bye into Sunday's bracket play.

In the quarters on May 15th, Opig won a 1-point game versus San Francisco's Fog City. Their next game was against last year's runner-up  No Tsu Oh. Opig topped the Houston team by the score of 13-9.

Then in the USA Ultimate Beach Championship Mixed Division finals, Opig won 13-8 (7-4 HT) versus the #1-seed Los Angeles Break Point. Opig's win avenged their loss to Point Break in last year's semifinal.

Opig finished the beach ultimate tournament with a perfect (7-0) record, was the only underdog (lower seed) to win in their division's finals, and earned a championship trophy.

Opig is captained by Jenny Fey, Ashley Daly, Ryan Morgan.  Congrats to the entire Opig team: David Cranston, Katie Klein Shepley, Colleen Giglia, Nate Castine, Crystal Davis, Adam Simon, Brian Marshall, Andrea Duran, Luke Wolckenhauer, Nicky Spiva, Jeff Wodatch, Hannah Boone, and Kelly Hyland.

A total of 65 beach ultimate teams competed at this annual beach ultimate event hosted by USA Ultimate. Opig beat out 18 other teams within their division to win the Beach Mixed championship.


Another D.C.-area team also advanced to the finals in another division. Over the Hill, captained by Peter MacArthur and Eric Hartge, placed second in the Masters Mixed Division of the 2016 USA Ultimate Beach Championship.

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