Ultimate Frisbee: Woodbury 2005 grad Sandy Jorgensen selected to U.S. National Team
Woodbury High School 2005 graduate Sandy Jorgensen was one of 20 ultimate players from across the country selected to the U.S. National Team for the 2013 World Games. More than 500 people from across the United States applied to be considered for the 2013 National Team. Invitations to participate in one of two tryout camps, either in San Francisco or Washington, DC, were extended to 99 applicants, 78 of which attended the camps. The final roster will be pared down to include 13 athletes (seven men, six women) before the team travels to Cali, Colombia this summer.
"The decision process was difficult for selecting such a small number of players but very easy to make a strong team given the depth of talent at the tryout events," said head coach Alex Ghesquiere. "The quality of play at both events was very high, and all of the tryouts showed they are world-class ultimate players. The athletes who were selected truly represent the best of ultimate in the United States, and I am very much looking forward to seeing them play together as the U.S. National Team."
The World Games are scheduled to take place July 25-Aug. 4. Ultimate teams from six nations will compete in the three-day flying disc tournament July 28-30. Participating teams will represent Australia, Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, Japan and the United States.
"The 20 men and women named to the National Team represent the best of the best from across the nation and were selected from a deeply talented pool of applicants," said Ben Slade, chair of USA Ultimate's International Committee and member of the U.S. National Team Selection Committee. "I am confident that these players, when paired with world-class coaches Alex Ghesquiere and Matty Tsang, have the talent and passion to win gold in Cali."
Jorgensen has been playing on the elite "DC Scandal" Ultimate club, which finished third at Nationals last year. After graduating from Woodbury High School, Jorgensen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with triple majors in Finance, Economics and International Political Economics in 2010. She will be graduating from Georgetown Law School in May, and has accepted a job from Stewart and Stewart - a law firm specializing in international trade law.
The National Team will have five practice weekends before the Games begin, the first of which is tentatively scheduled for May 11-12 in Boston where they will take on a group of local all-stars at an exhibition held in conjunction with USA Ultimate's Northeastern High School Championships.
The 2005 and 2009 U.S. National Teams won gold at the World Games in Duisburg, Germany and Kaohshing, Taiwan. In 2001, at the first World Games' Flying Disc competition, the U.S. team won silver.