Welcome!

Ah, another summer, another set of FASET!

My name is Danae Argyropoulou and I run this blog, so feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions about frisbee or Wreck. A little bit about me: I am a 3rd year Wreckie (and 3rd year Techie at that), and also the Vice President of the club. I started playing frisbee in college and am super glad I did. For more information see the below post about what I love about Wreck.

Maybe you (like I) stumbled upon Wreck at FASET and thought “woah that sounds kinda fun” or you (like others) have been playing frisbee for longer than I’ve known it existed and are looking to continue to kick a$$ at it. Either way, Wreck is a place for you to grow, get fit, gain some skills, and find a family of smart, strong, and dedicated women that will constantly inspire you and which I’m proud to be a part of.

If you didn’t get onto the mailing list at FASET (or aren’t a freshman – you’re still welcome here!), you can email Jenny Choi (jennychoi@gatech.edu), Teja Huggins (thuggins@gatech.edu), or Becca Xiao (rxiao35@gatech.edu) to get added to the list.

Can’t wait to see you guys out there!

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Four and a Half Reasons Why

I’ve put this off for the longest time, because it’s not easy to put into words all the things I’ve been feeling since Regionals. Regionals was a weird tournament for me, because our seniors graduated that Saturday, so many of them attended the ceremony. Playing without some of the seniors was rough. It was sad not to have their voices on the sideline, their presence on the field, or their experience in the games. We, nonetheless, played very well on Saturday, taking 2nd in our pool—by playing some especially stellar games against UCF and Auburn. Sunday, with all of our seniors, we played Kennesaw first, and then lost to Florida State in a super close game, which put us in the third place bracket to play Auburn again. Although we lost this rematch, we left Regionals in 4th place, and with our heads held high.

There are a number of reasons that this tournament was different for me. Yes, it was the last tournament that I would play with 9 of our players, but that’s not what made it so emotional for me. This tournament was special for me because it was the culmination of my favorite year in sports. I’m gonna tell you why (because I can–I run this blog).

Tape 1: Ms. Madeleine Frey

Perhaps many of you know Maddy, or have read the short (outdated) piece about her on this website, but if you have ever even talked to coach Maddy, you’ll understand why she is the best coach in the country – if not the world. I have never met a friendlier, more patient, more composed, and more engaging person in my entire life, all of which are key qualities of a coach and a friend. When you talk to Maddy, you quickly find that she cares deeply about every player on the field; she notices the little things you do and praises you in a genuine way that inspires all of us to do little things correct. Wrapping up 2 years with Maddy, I can only begin to imagine how the seniors must feel as they leave an incredible woman, although they know that the team is certainly in good hands.

Tape 2: Team

I had never really been on a team before. I danced, and played tennis and that’s the extent of my physical activity before Wreck. These two years being on Wreck have been incredibly rewarding in the teammates I’ve had. These strong, fierce women have truly inspired me to work hard on the field and in the gym to be a valuable part of the whole. I have revamped my personal definition of team to match what I have found in Wreck. Like a school of fish moving through the water, we are a unit, and we move and win together. We are most successful, and most graceful, when we’re all working together and I find that truly beautiful.

Tape 3: Sisters

I’d love to tell you about each player on this team individually and what they mean to me, but this blog post would be a novel and I’d have to call it 33 reasons why. I will however tell you about the sisterhood as a whole. As a member of a sorority, I have seen sisterhood, and forgive me Srat Gods, but Wreck is the truest sisterhood I’ve ever experienced. From hugs to midnight banana bread, Wreckies gives so much. The love we have for each other can’t be described; from ACL tears to concussions, we’ve stood together and cried and laughed and put each other first. Wreck is encouraging (although not without some sass), supportive, and as clichéd as it is: always there for you. Furthermore, Wreckies are the older sisters (even if they’re younger) that I constantly look up to and set a shining example for me and for the world. We’re researchers, students, and artists. We code, we build, we solve. We’re smart, we’re cool, and we have excellent taste in footwear. We excel in all that we do. Hell yeah these women inspire me, as they inspire the rest of the world too.

Tape 4: Competition

I’m going to quote Maddy’s definition of competition: “to strive for excellence in personal or team efforts, aiming to consistently perform at the highest level possible” which is, in my opinion, the noblest of pursuits. In Wreck, I have truly found a place where every day I am trying to get better, and 33 other women are there right with me, regardless of their current skill level. Despite my many dropped Frisbees, my graceless rolls, and my frequent confusion, I have accomplished so much in my two years on Wreck, and I am proud of what I have done, a sentiment I am confident that most (if not all) Wreckies share. I am always competing with myself to be better than I was yesterday, and I am glad that I have found the perfect environment to do that.

Tape 4.5: Advice from a still-noob

I made a highlight reel for myself. It’s not long, but it’s exciting to watch. I think everyone should make a highlight reel, because often at the end of a tournament you remember the drops, the times you got beaten deep or under, but in hindsight you see all the cool things you did. I think it really helped me see how much progress I’ve made, and I promise you’ll surprise yourself. At the end of last year, had I seen this video, I would not have recognized me.

To finish up this blog post, I want to thank you for reading this far, and hope you understand why I love Wreck. I’ll leave you with a fun fact before I take the summer off (until Wreck-ruitment that is!): T. rex is often bullied for its “small arms” but in a conservative estimate, scientists say the bicep alone could curl 430 pounds. Rawr.

Senior Spotlight: Momma Bear

Name: Briana Grant (Bri, Bribri, Brian, Baramadus)
Number: 27
Superpower: Obtaining Free Food
Current Employer: US Air Force
(Former) Major: Nuclear and Radiological Engineering
Often Seen With: Food, and Madeleyne
Unfortunate Talent: Losing at Card Games
Favorite white person: Taylor (with coach Maddy as a  
       close 2nd)
Bri is a kind, sweet lady -- unless you mess with a 
Wreckie. She's always there for a sister, in times of
need, for a hug or to defend you from the idiots of the
world. She's a huge presence for everyone on the team,
even the freshmen, despite being a 5th year, and everyone
agrees that the team would not be as much of a family 
without Bri to be our momma bear. On the field, Bri is 
often seen streaking deep (sometimes with an enthusiastic 
roar calling for the disc), and playing shut-down D. Bri 
has graduated, and we're so proud of her for surviving 
the Institute for as long as she has! You'll see her 
flying high in her bright future!

Player Spotlight: The Hip One

Name: Ushma Patel (aka Ushy, Ush, Squishy, Sushi)
Number: 6
Previously Played With: Kennesaw State University
Make her happy with: Triple grande iced soy latte 
      with 2 pumps of vanilla
Fave Tournament Moment: Singing the fight song!
You'll always see her: whipping 
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This is Ushma. Her signature move is: "The version 
of whip I do where I jump up and clap under my legs 
four times then hit that whip smoothly". You'll find
her singing, dancing, and screaming on the sideline
all of which make Wreck a better team. Ushma is well
known for her monster flicks, and her stellar
wardrobe. Ushma just finished her third year as a 
Business major, and her Wrookie year!!!

Senior Spotlight: Oh Captain, My Captain

Name: Bridget Nabb (aka BNabbs, BNabby, etc.)
Number: 13
Superpower:"The Mingle" which is a really cool 
    dance you've probably heard of 
Unique Talent: Ukulele 
Oddly attached to: an extendable back scratcher
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Meet Captain Bridget, a wild dancer and an even
wilder cutter. You'll see her darting around 
her defender for sick plays and layout everywhere
for wild grabs. BNabbs is also a renowned defender
and she can always be relied upon in defensive
situations, whether it's a handblock, or a down-
field D. Bridget is a senior BME staying with 
Wreck for a 5th year! Bridget is going to change
the world: with her BME degree and/or by 
inventing a fun party game. Watch out!

Player Spotlight: The Confused One

Name: Emma Pettit
Number: 15
Superpower: Catching the other team's throws
Personal Struggle: Keeping her hair out of the way
Major: Chemical Engineering
Ask her about: The Cockroach Incident
Unique Talent: Knitting Dinosaurs
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This is Emma. Emma does this thing where she looks 
super confused every time she catches the disc. 
Often, as she catches her D's, she'll look at the 
thrower like "You know I'm not on your team, right?"
Emma is our biggest deep threat. Her defender will
blink and Emma will be 40 yards ahead about to catch
the disc in the endzone. She will then look 
uncomfortable as we smother her with our love, 
especially Esme who persistently asks for Emma's hand
in marriage. Emma refuses. Catch her at Waffle House,
because you won't catch her on the field!

Senior Spotlight: The BAB

Name: Taylor Hartman (aka T, Tay, Tayli)
Number: 7
Plays: Cutter
Superpower: Not Getting Tired
Special Talents: Captaining
Composition: 25% Coffee, 60% Kickass, 15% Princess
Signature Move: Zipping Through the Air

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Taylor pictured on the left.

Tay is the team air-bender. She can make the air pick her 
up and carry her like the queen she is for impossible grabs. 
Other teams watch our highlight videos and are like: "Who's 
that chick flying around on a magic carpet?" and we're like 
"Oh that's Tay". You should check out her Callahan video 
here!!! Unbelievable fact about our captain Taylor: 
she began playing Ultimate in college. I hear she sucked 
her freshman year, even. This gives me great hope for the 
world. Taylor, in addition to dominating the cutting lanes, 
also dominates in the classroom. She graduated this the 
Spring with a degree in Computer Science, but not stopping 
there. It'll be Dr. Taylor Hartman before you know it!
(I'm keeping the one spreadsheet in which she told me she
loved me forever.)

Player Spotlight: The Queen

Name: Madeleyne Vaca (aka Maye, Sleepy)
Number: 22
Superpower: HUGS
Find her making: Smoothies and sick Deep-Deep plays
Team Bae: Kelsey
Height: 7'2" 
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Ah Maye, our Colombian queen, who may stand at 5'2",
but plays at 7'2". Easily the busiest Wreckie, Maye
has a double major (Electrical Engineering and 
Computer Science), as well as a minor (Mandarin), in
addition to being Wreck's Safety Officer, and lead
handler. You can find her giving out Microsoft swag, 
rock climbing, or singing rather loudly. We get to 
keep Madeleyne on the team another year because,
although she graduated in the spring, she's coming
back for a masters!

Sectionals

Sectionals was April 22nd and 23rd in Statesboro, GA; this blog is a bit behind, but better late than never, am I right?

(Ps, if you want to see only about tournaments, or only see the player spotlights, you can click the tags at the bottom of the posts, or you can check out the Archives section in the menu)

Back to the main story though: Wreck took second place in the pool play on Saturday, losing only to UGA in a super tough game. Well played UGA, but you best believe we’re coming for ya ;)

Sunday saw Wreck cinch our spot at regionals with victories against Emory and GCSU and take 2nd spot at Sectionals in a hard-fought game against Kennesaw. Superstars from both days were Emma for laying out (with perfect form too, it’s like she’s been practicing or something), Pam for her numerous D’s and for giving it her all 100% of the time, and Bridget for simply always being there for a nifty grab or an intelligent D. But in actuality, everyone on the team had numerous superstar moments (*cough* Calladana, Maye’s hea(D), Jenny’s breakthrows).

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We forgot to take a team pic, so here is a majestic grab by Cappie Bridget.

 

Catch us at Regionals on May 6th and 7th in the great state of Alabama!

 

Player Spotlight: The Most Playful

Name: Esmé Ruengvivatpant (aka Kitten, Es)
Number: 55
Superpower: Bouncing
Unique Talent: Calligraphy
Roommates: Maria aka Sneaky Sneaky, Danae aka Sin-ergy,
    McKayla aka Iron Woman
Spirit Animal: The Cutest Kitty You Can Imagine
Height: 4'10" with added 2' personality

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Say a warm "meow" to Ms. Esme, one of Wreck's handlers 
with years of ultimate experience under her belt despite
being a 2nd year at the Institute. You often see Esme
jumping up and dabbing on the sideline and in real life.
Esme took a Buzzfeed quiz on cheese and it turns out that
her spirit cheese is Brie. We all know what that means...
Watch out in tournaments, because Esme will deafen you 
with her team spirit and steam-roll you with her affection.
When she's not playing the sport, Esme is probably 
sleeping or making Emma uncomfortable.