If you haven’t seen it yet, then we are excited to announce that this summer our very own Caitlin Fitzgerald “Fitz” and Clare Frantz will be apart of the All-Star tour. As a program, Betty Ultimate wanted to congratulate these two and wish them the best of luck. I doubt anyone knew when these two came out to their first practices what they would accomplish for ultimate, especially women in ultimate. They will be repping Betty this summer as they travel to Seattle, San Fran, Denver, Atlanta and DC, just to name a few, to play against some of the best women’s club teams with some of the best women in ultimate.
This will be Fitz’s second year on the All-Star tour and she just finished her last year on the Bettys. During her time on the Betty’s Fitz was named Ultiworld All American 1st team, Ultiworld Defensive Payer of the Year Runner-Up, All Region South Central 1st team, South Central Player of the Year and was our nomination for the 2016 Callahan Award. Fitz also captained the Bettys for two years. There is a reason that song picked for Fitz’s Callahan video was “Girl on Fire”. No matter how tired or how many points she’s had already played Fitz will be the first to volunteer to go on the line and then she will run the fastest and play the hardest.
Clare Frantz too has been very accomplished in her ultimate career. She was named All Region 2nd team, All Region 1st team and then went on to win a gold medal with the U23 USA Mixed team in 2015. Clare also helped found Wicked, the first women’s club team in Kansas City, to bring a greater level of competition to women in our area. She still has one more year of eligibility for the Bettys and it will be her fourth year captaining. Clare’s commitment is incomparable, she gives her whole heart in everything she does. She truly deserves all the recognition this opportunity provides and her dedication to all aspects of the sport is a positive face for the all star tour and the future of women's ultimate.
“The competition between the two of them has been fierce and has fueled each other’s desire to achieve more than they could have individually. Their leadership and playing styles complement each other perfectly. Clare is the unwavering voice, and Caitlin is the vibrant burst of energy. Together and individually, Clare and Caitlin have forged an amazing legacy for women’s ultimate in Kansas City and at KU. As a coach, advocate, and fan of women’s ultimate, I can’t wait for them to take the field.”
- Coach Loren Schieber
When I first showed up to practice as rookie I didn’t realize, as I’m sure most of us didn’t, that we would be learning and playing with two of the fiercest women in ultimate. It’s not only their level of talent but also their drive, dedication and silliness that makes these two ladies so incredible. We are very proud of them and all of their accomplishments and are so lucky to call them teammates.
And if anyone asks, she’s a Betty.
You can find out their schedule and learn more about the tour at allstarultimatetour.com.