2019 Superlatives: The Best of the Best

Celebrating the year's biggest moments.

We now take a moment to reflect on the highs and the lows of 2019 in our annual superlatives list.

Best Game:

UCSD v. Dartmouth 2019 Final

Best Play:

Alanguilan Block

Best Achievement: Claire Trop holding the most recent U20, U24, WUCC, and Club titles

Biggest Upset: Portland Schwa over Denver Molly Brown in the National Quarterfinals

Biggest News: The start of the Premier Ultimate League

Best Photo:

UCSD's Dena Elimelech dives for the game-winning goal.
UCSD’s Dena Elimelech dives for the game-winning goal in the quarterfinals of the 2019 D-I College Championships. Photo by Paul Rutherford – UltiPhotos.com

Best Scoring Performance: Brown’s John Randolph 10 goal National Semifinal

Best Throwing Performance: Sub Zero’s Ryan Osgar’s 32 assist Nationals

Biggest Breakout Star: Kennedy McCarthy (2019 Women’s Breakout Player of the Year)

Biggest Viral Video:

Handblock Callahan

Top SportsCenter Highlight:

Top Callahan Video:

Matt Gouchoe-Hanas Callahan Video

Best Highlight Reel:

Kolakovic Pro Champs

Top Reddit Post (And Most Insane Play of the Year):


Wildest Comeback: The Italian women stormed back from down 14-11 to defeat Germany 15-14 in the European Ultimate Championship quarterfinals.

Best Post-Championship Moment: The Irish women meet with the Irish President after their EUC win!

The Irish women’s team with president Michael Higgins

Wildest Weather: The torrential downpour during the shortened Molly Brown v. San Francisco Fury Pro Championships final

Best Tweet:

Best Tweet 2019

Most-Read Story: Skip Sewell charged with drug trafficking

Biggest Rising Star: Medellin Revolution’s Elizabeth Mosquera (2019 PUL MVP)

Most Controversial Decision: Holding College Nationals in Texas

Biggest Newspaper Appearance:

NY Times Ultimate Frisbee

Most Controversial Ending: Naming YCC Co-Champions

Most Iconic Catch: Dena Elimelech’s “mermaid catch” in the college final

Elimelech Mermaid Catch

Best Halloween Costume:

Biggest Sponsorship: Deschutes Brewery’s six figure deal with the AUDL

Biggest Beatdown: Michigan bageling Cornell at Warm Up

Funniest Commentary: Lorcan Murray on his brother’s defense

Lorcan Murray Commentary

What did we miss? Feel free to disagree or share new categories in the comments below.

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