Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Doris is an amazing short deep. Or maybe I'm just a bad handler. But it was frustrating to keep getting D-ed by her. You don't think she can get there but she's comes out of nowhere to block everything. Actually, sometimes I don't see her at all until she D's the disc. Let's just say I'm glad she's on our team. :)
Also, I'm glad that sMITe is practicing hammers this year. Last year we didn't practice hammers until a week before sectionals, but people know how to throw/catch hammers a lot better this year. All in all, today was a great practice for sMITe. Coach Darlene said we improved a lot today. Yay. :D
I just bought the soundtrack to Juno on iTunes. :)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
And we have all three captains back. Speaking of which, we like to split up all the responsibilities so that everyone is a captain:
Captain Captains: Erika, Catherine, Karen
Tournament Logistics Gurus: Brooke and Kari
Money Captain (a.k.a. Treasurer): Amy
Uniform Captain: Shan
Social Captain: Amy
Men's Outreach Coordinator Captain: Karen
Club Sports Council Liaison: Erika
Timekeeper Captain: Doris
Weather Captain: Smeri
Disc Bag Captain: Kelly
Tech Writer and Food Captains: Rosa and Natasha
Trash Bag and Baking Captains: Jenn and Anne
Art Captains (for discs, jerseys, and team apparel): Kari, Svetlana, Adele
Webmistress: Trisha and Chenxia
Fitness Captains: Jess and Jenny
Spirit Captain: Suzanne
Captain Planet: Daphne
Incidentally, NG is in Hong Kong. :(
Monday, January 28, 2008
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Favorite position: Cup in zone d, mid on O
Personal strength: speed
Personal goal: making consistent throws and better decisions with them
Interests: is this supposed to be interests outside ultimate? I like modeling (the type that happens on a computer not the type that involves me being scantily dressed or building stuff) and pulling things apart for the advancement of science (i.e. mechanical testing), I also like soccer and baking.
As our weather captain, Smeri controls the weather, ensuring pristine conditions at every practice and tournament. Not only can control cloud movement to deter precipitation and direct wind in favor of sMITe, but she can also create beautiful works of nature. During Coffee Cup in the fall, she focused on her inner weather goddess and channeled all her weather-controlling abilities:
and despite constant distractions and tickling from her teammate Karen, Smeri crafted her beautiful rainbow over the Yale fields:
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Favorite Position: Wing
Personal Strength of Yours: Catching
Personal Goal: Become a better mark
Interests: Running, baking, tea
Jenn was a part of sMITe from day one, particularly because she came to club sectionals with us. A fan of the claw catch, Jenn makes the most amazing catches and is very reliable as a wing especially on Zone O. We also determined that Jenn's not really white because she likes shrimp chips. And we all know that only Asians like shrimp chips. Then we found out that her parents move around a lot and Jenn actually lived in Japan for a few years, which explains the shrimp chips. :P
Sunday, January 20, 2008
We have to work on our defense. I think a lot of sMITe still doesn't know which way to force. It was really really frustrating because most of the time we were getting beat was because the mark was forcing the wrong direction. Maybe saying "step left" or "step right" is too confusing for MIT students. I think in the future we should just say "step away" or "step home".
Smeri had some nice grabs in the endzone. Speaking of, our endzone looks pretty good. People are initiating cuts and clearing hard. It'd be good to see more dump swing... I guess that's where I need to step up :P Also, Stephanie made some really amazing catches. She came to practice for the first time on Wed and she's picking things up really fast. During the scrimmage she always seemed to be in the right place and would catch almost everything.
Everyone seems to be asking about spring tournaments so here's a tentative schedule:
- Southerns (Mar 22-23) - first weekend of spring break
- Easterns (Mar 29-30) - second weekend of spring break
- Yale Cup
- Sectionals (April 19-20)
- Regionals (May 3-4)
Daphne also mentioned something about UMass but I guess we'll see when the time gets closer. I can't wait to start playing outside. I can't believe it's 8 degrees right now. :(
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Major: Environmental Engineering (1E)
Favorite Position: Popper
Personal Strength: Picking up an early end zone drill
Personal Goal: Turn my hands into magnets
Interests: Youth activism in any shape or size, public service, biking and building (www.bikeandbuild.org), sewing, drinking chai and milk, puddykins [thanks Brooke...]
So our first tournament in the fall was Wellesley Ultimate Tournament, and we met up at the student center at 7:00am. Everyone showed up by 7:15 or so except for our dear Brooke. We tried calling her cell phone and her room phone for another 15 minutes, but alas, no response. So we left her a message and then drove off without her. Three games later, around 1pm, Brooke shows up at the Wellesley fields... Apparently she was so tired that she turned off her cell phone and then put her dorm phone outside her room, all while she was sleeping.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Doris: Can you smell it???
Doris: Boulder!... The mountains, the fresh air...
Karen: ... and rocks?
On another note, the men's team - mainly MattyB - have dubbed me "Puddykins."
Hey you all,
Don't forget tomorrow afternoon's practice outside on the turf, 2-5pm. We should make the most of it, because it's supposed to snow like whoa tomorrow night and it might be awhile before we can practice outside again. Also, we'll be scrimmaging with the girls for the last 45 minutes of practice. Just one word of warning; stay out of Ng's way during the game tomorrow. He'll be trying to earn Karen's affection with his ultimate ability, and it's best to just let him have the disc when he starts playing for his puddykins.
I think as long as NG doesn't call me Puddykins, I'm fine.
Monday, January 7, 2008
"This practice was so good. I can't wait to get back in shape and play ultimate again." -Kari (freshman)