By Brittany Worthington
The Kalamazoo College Ultimate Buzz men’s frisbee team played at the Division I Regional Finals in Rockford, Ill. on April 30.
The team competed against major schools like Michigan State University, University of Indiana, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. Ultimate Buzz defeated Western Illinois University and came close to beating Indiana (11-13).
Western Illinois went on to the semi-finals.
“We did really well we had the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the country,” said senior Ben Ayres, one of the team’s three captains.
Senior Ezra Shaffer, another captain, said that this tournament allowed the team to demonstrate their level of talent and potential. “We’ve always looked at ourselves on a Division I scale,” he said “and this past weekend was the closest we’ve come to performing at the level.”
Shaffer also commented on the strong campus presence of the Men’s Ultimate team. “[It is] because we have such a diverse range of students on the team. Many aspects of the campus population are represented and I think that helps raise awareness about our team.”
As seniors, both captains hope to see the team continue to thrive after they graduate. “I hope that they continue to get lots of freshmen interested and altering an alternative to varsity sports for people who still want to be involved in competitive athletics,” said Ayres.