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Ultimate Division I College Championships Coming to Round Rock

23 May, 2019


The nation’s top 40 college Ultimate teams will convene in Round Rock, the Sports Capital of Texas, this weekend for the Ultimate Division I College Championships. The three-day tournament taking place May 24-27 at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is hosted by Ultimate Players League of Austin (UPLA) and the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau in association with USA Ultimate. 2019 will mark the first time the USA Ultimate College Championships have returned to Texas since 2003 when the event was held in Austin.

"Hosting the 2019 USA Ultimate Division I College Championships this weekend is a thrill for the city and yet another nod to the versatile appeal of the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex,” said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. “We look forward to welcoming Ultimate fans and competitors from around the country to our state-of-the-art sports facility and to our community."

More than 750 teams across the country competed this year to qualify for the USA Ultimate Division I College Championships, with only 40 teams moving forward to play in the elite postseason finals. The 40 victorious teams - twenty female and twenty male - will descend upon Round Rock for a highly competitive elimination bracket-style tournament culminating in the finals championship competition on Monday, May 27. Each team will vie for a chance to emerge victorious over the No. 1 seeded University of North Carolina.

“We’re thrilled to bring the 2019 USA Ultimate College Championships to the Sports Capital of Texas and showcase the sport’s top student-athletes to current and future fans of ultimate,” said Andy Lee, Managing Director of Marketing, Communications & Brand for USA Ultimate. “The atmosphere will be phenomenal – particularly with UT qualifying two teams. The up-close and intimate field-side access during the first couple of days, combined with the energy of a full stadium and national TV coverage on Sunday and Monday is unlike anything else in college sports.”

“Our state-of-the-art facility features beautiful playing fields ideal for the sport of ultimate,“ said Chad McKenzie, City of Round Rock Sports Management & Tourism Director. “The 2019 USA Ultimate College Championships is exactly the type of event the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex was built for and we look forward to providing these talented athletes and their fans a first-class environment for a weekend of exciting competition.”

The full tournament schedule can be found here. The event will be hosted at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in the Sports Capital of Texas.

SEEDING AND BRACKET SCHEDULE

Men’s schedule and seeding can be found here.

Women’s schedule and seeding can be foundhere.

TEXAS TEAMS COMPETING

The University of Texas will compete in both the men’s and women’s championships. UT women’s team, Texas Melee, is seeded 9th overall
and Texas Tuff, UT men’s team is seeded 11th overall. Both have previously finished as runners-up but have never won the championship.

UT Schedule:

  • Melee: 8:00am Friday v. Cornell; 12:00pm Friday v. Wisconsin; 8:00am Saturday v. Carleton College; 12:00pm Saturday v. Dartmouth (rematch of 2017 title game).
  • Tuff: 12:00pm Friday v. Michigan;  4:00pm Friday v. Iowa State; 10:00am Saturday v. Brown; 2:00pm Saturday v. NC State.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m. - Free “Learn to Play” clinic for kids 18 and under, led by elite Ultimate players. Sign up and more info here.
  • Sunday, May 26 - Awarding of the Callahan Award (season-long MVP award) in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

BROADCAST AND LIVE COVERAGE: The finals competitions on Monday will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Additional live tournament coverage will be broadcast on ESPNU, ESPN3, the WatchESPN mobile app, TSN, TSNGo. Live updates will also be provided on  USA Ultimate Facebook page, YouTube page and Twitter.

For complete information on teams, tournament schedule, and tickets visit collegechampionships.usaultimate.org.

ABOUT USA ULTIMATE: USA Ultimate is the National Governing Body for the sport of ultimate in the United States. Through hosting programs and events, the USA Ultimate organization works to fulfill its mission to advance the sport of ultimate in the United States by enhancing and promoting character, community, and competition.

ABOUT ROUND ROCK MULTIPURPOSE COMPLEX: Located within Old Settlers Park, the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex is a $27 million state-of-the-art sports venue that enables Round Rock to host many new types of events, such as lacrosse, soccer, rugby, ultimate frisbee, flag football and more. The 60-acre sports complex features a championship field with natural grass, another championship field with synthetic turf, four multipurpose fields with natural grass and four with synthetic turf, and Musco sports lighting on all 10 fields. Spectator amenities include permanent seating with shade structures for 250 people on each of the championship fields, plus options to add portable seating. The complex also has more than 900 parking spaces and a clubhouse with meeting rooms overlooking the fields. Additional amenities for families include plazas, pavilions, playgrounds and more.

For more information, visit www.roundrockmpc.com.

ABOUT ROUND ROCK SPORTS TOURISM: The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, a division of the City of Round Rock Sports Management and Tourism Department, promotes Round Rock as The Sports Capital of Texas for youth, amateur and recreational sports to tournament and meeting planners across the nation. A central location in Texas, unique shopping opportunities and an abundance of tournament-ready fields, courts and courses are helping Round Rock quickly become the top choice for planners when selecting a location for their next big event. Here’s to Round Rock: a great place to visit and a great place to play. Game on!

For more information, visit GoRoundRock.com.

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