National Championships 2023: What Went Right and Wrong in the Mixed Division

Diagnosing day two in the mixed division.

Seattle BFG’s Leah Bar-on Simmons makes a catch at the 2023 Club Championships. Photo: Jeff Bell – UltiPhotos.com

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The mixed division is no stranger to seeing double digit seeds make the semifinals or a preseason favorite get eliminated on an unstreamed field. Rather than throw in a 🤷‍♂️ and chalk up unexpected results to chaos, let’s take a look at what went right for the teams left standing and what went wrong for the teams who have been eliminated.

What Went Right

Hybrid’s Multidimensional Offense

Ann Arbor Hybrid certainly digs the long ball more than most teams, but against Slow they were forced to play a more patient game. Laura Gerencser and Theo Shapinsky stayed active around the disc and waited until the right windows opened up to move the disc downfield. Don’t be mistaken, Hybrid still prefers to huck it. Mark Whitton can get his hucks off against any kind of mark and James Hill is a genuine terror downfield. But there’s more to the Hybrid offense than just looking long as soon as possible. With Kat McGuire becoming a legitimate two-way threat, there is no easy way to stop Hybrid.

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  1. Alex Rubin
    Alex Rubin

    Alex Rubin started writing for Ultiworld in 2018. He is a graduate of Northwestern University where he played for four years. After a stint in Los Angeles coaching high school and college teams, they moved to Chicago to experience real seasons and eat deep dish pizza. You can reach Alex through e-mail ([email protected]) or Twitter (@arubes14).

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