D-I College Championships 2024: Chat Is This Real? The Best Day of College Ultimate Ever

After a wild day chock-full of universe point games and upsets, we only have one question to ask: chat, is this real?

Colorado State’s Willow Purvis gets up during pool play at the 2024 D-I College Championships. Photo: Sam Hotaling – UltiPhotos.com

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At big Ultiworld events, we always chat it up a couple times a day as a full reporting and editorial staff: to coordinate, to stay excited for the duration of a long shift, to brainstorm potential evening articles, to blow off steam. On Saturday of Nationals, the dominant idea on everyone’s mind was how alive we all felt witnessing such a spectacular day of ultimate.

So we figured that instead of giving you more concept pieces that are products of those regular chats — we’d just give you the chat. Hope you enjoyed the action on Saturday as much as we did, and thanks for reading!

First, set the scene for today. What had to fall into place for all of it to happen?

Edward Stephens (Senior Staff Writer): They say there’s a silver lining behind every rain cloud, don’t they? The fact that almost all of Friday’s play was weathered-out condensed most of pool play into a single day. That’s a lot of action. I’m not doing the math or anything but … maybe 40% more games? We essentially got a two-fer.

Bridget Mizener (Staff Writer): You credit the condensed schedule, but isn’t that just a symptom? The underlying cause was this:

Not only did Friday’s forty days and forty nights vibe set up the college ultimate marathon you describe, the hellish conditions really make you appreciate a beautiful 70º-and-sunny day like today. Frisbee is great, and it’s especially great when the elements cooperate.

Edward: True. There wasn’t even much wind to speak of.

Alex Rubin (Senior Staff Writer): We’d be remiss not to shout out the Madison area volunteers and the staff at USA Ultimate for working overtime to reschedule the games that did not happen yesterday and to line enough additional fields to get all of the games in. That’s no small feat and could easily get overlooked by the thrilling results we saw today. After some teams did not get to play and others only got their one game in bits and pieces, there was a genuine excitement to see blue skies as the players stepped on the field.

Grace Conerly (Staff Writer): A sense of parity in both divisions hasn’t hurt either. There was no team in the men’s or women’s division that had an undefeated regular season, and now it feels like there are two to four teams in each division that have a legitimate claim to the title. Close matchups, awesome weather, and a ton of games, what’s not to love?

No squirming, no equivocating — what was the wildest result of the day?

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  1. Edward Stephens
    Edward Stephens

    Edward Stephens has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. He writes and plays ultimate in Athens, Georgia.

  2. 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).

  3. Bridget Mizener
    Bridget Mizener

    Bridget Mizener is a Midwesterner by birth, but a product of the North Carolina ultimate machine. She thinks women’s college ultimate coverage is important, so she’s taking it into her own hands. She lives, plays, coaches, etc. in Durham. Tell her everything she got wrong about your team at [email protected].

  4. Grace Conerly
    Grace Conerly

    Grace has played frisbee for 9+ years. She's won some stuff and lost some stuff at various levels. Her most notable accomplishment is winning Triangle Ultimate’s indoor recreational winter league, 2019.

  5. Theresa Diffendal
    Theresa Diffendal

    Theresa began playing frisbee in 2014 at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. Having lived all over Pennsylvania, she’s settled at the moment in Harrisburg with her partner and plays with the mixed club team Farm Show. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr where she played with the Sneetches and her Master’s from the University of Maryland.

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