In case you guys missed it, we have not one but TWO Bettys heading to tryouts for the U-24 National team!! Grace will be attending the East Coast tryout on June 17-18 in Columbus, Ohio, while Kelsey will be in Denver on June 24-25 for the West Coast tryout. If selected for the Under-24 National Team, they will be headed to Perth, Australia from January 7-13,2018 to compete against other countries in the U-24 Ultimate Championships. We've always known that these ladies are fiercely amazing, and it’s awesome for them to be recognized by others in the ultimate community! Their life long captain Clare Frantz had a lot to say about them.
"Grace Roth is the most all-around talented woman that I know. She excels in every area that she puts effort into and naturally, frisbee is one of those. She is a fast, explosive, versatile player that is extremely difficult to defend and even harder to get open on. I know she will dominate at the east coast tryout (and hopefully the #10 penny is reserved for her.)" Grace was All-Freshman her first year and has continued to impress. She plays with a fire in her eye and in her feet, even at practice. There's always a little pause when we're calling defense during the scrimmage and get to Grace, waiting for someone to step up to the challenge. I can't imagine what it would be like having to do that as the opposing team at a tournament! She somehow always manages to make a sick play, whether it's a defensive layout or skying someone twice her height, always at the most integral times (like Frank Mason pulling up for 3: B-I-G-R)! But most of all we love Grace for all her kookiness and how much she loves the Betty's <3 <3 <3
"Kelsey Akin is the definition of an athlete. She played upwards of five sports at an elite level, with frisbee being her focus for the last four years. She is deceptively fast, incredibly long on the mark and on her pivot, exceptional in the air and has a highly developed frisbee IQ that gives her, among other traits, an understanding of how to get open efficiently and effectively. The U-24 coaches will notice Kels from the minute she steps on the field." It's not hard to imagine why Kelsey made tryouts. She seems to have this glue or magnets attached to her hands because no matter what, she always comes away with the disc. Even during her ACL injury, she gave the Betty's her all, watching and advising, helping make the rest of our team better. That being said, she was still seriously missed on the field, and we are so pumped to have her back! Kelsey knows how to find your weakness and exploit it. When she marks you, it feels as though none of your throws are open, and you're just really hoping someone comes to bail you out. While she might be serious on the field, off the field she is usually found cracking jokes and making faces.
We wish these ladies all the best and hope that the U24 coaches will be able to see what we see!