Stanford Invite 2022: Saturday Recap

It wasn't just the wind.

Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

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STEVINSON, Cal. — Day one at the 2022 Stanford Invite, the final leg of the “Southwest Triple Crown Tour,” blew in with gusty winds and brought with it plenty of outstanding ultimate. The favorites largely dominated across both divisions, but there were plenty of intriguing storylines, particularly from the out-of-region teams. It sets up an exciting finish on Sunday, one hopefully less windstrewn but with the same fantastic ultimate.

Let’s take a look at the big stories from Saturday.

Women’s Division Saturday Results & Sunday Bracket

Men’s Division Saturday Results & Sunday Bracket

Women’s Division Stock Picks

A Carleton Syzygy handblock against UC Davis. Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

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Out-of-Towners

As is suitable for a tournament of its renown, Stanford Invite attracts talent from around the country, with nine of the fifteen contenders in the women’s division making the trip to California from outside of the Southwest region. With Washington, Carleton, and Tufts as three of the top five seeds coming in, it should be no surprise that the out-of-towners would have good showings this weekend. And while Washington and Carleton certainly lived up to their billing, Tufts, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas all found themselves in tough prequarter matches against Southwest locals in Cal, UC Davis, Stanford, and UCLA, respectively. The visitors more than held their own then, knocking all four California schools out of the bracket and cementing the out-of-region cohort as strong favorites to take home the title ahead of UCSB and UCSD.

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  1. Jenna Weiner
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    Jenna Weiner is a Senior Staff Writer, a co-host of Ultiworld's Double Overtime podcast, and considers herself a purveyor of all levels of ultimate. She's played mostly on the west coast but you're likely to find her at the nearest ultimate game available.

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    Scott Dunham (also known as @Hallies_Dad) is a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He recalls playing a game that resembled ultimate on the Stanford CroMem lawn in the early 80's and took it up again around 2001 after moving to Seattle. These days, he plays pick-up around town and cheers on his daughter's teams (and those of her former teammates)

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