[stextbox id=”alert” color=”050505″ bcolor=”6cc3f8″ bgcolor=”ffffff” big=”true” image=”null”]School Name: University of Oregon
Team Name: Fugue
Captains: Julia Sherwood, Christina “Shoes” Schueler
Coaches: Lou “Sweet Lou” Burruss
Jersey Colors: Past few years yellow and black, but this year who knows…
2010 Record: 43-1
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get involved with Ultimate at Oregon?
Christina Wickman: Haha, that’s actually a funny story. Before my freshman year of college I had never heard of Ultimate (just what people played in PE). I wanted to play for the club volleyball team, but when I went to tryouts they were really mean and catty, needless to say I didn’t go back. Anyways I was totally terrified of the freshmen 15 and a friend of mine was trying out for Fugue so I tagged along. All the girls were super nice and fortunately not a lot of girls tried out that year (because I was awful) and I made the team and stuck with it.
What is Ultimate at Oregon all about?
Christina: Love, Clowntent, Shitshow (CTSS)
What was the highlight of your spectacular 2010 season?
Christina: We won nationals.
It’s hard to say because they whole thing felt like a highlight. I think one big moment was after winning both Pres Day and Stanford and we were all like, ‘We can fucking do this.’
Was it ever difficult to stay focused when you were winning every game?
Christina: Yes and no. We were really good about being focused but having a ton of fun at the same time. We were also so comfortable with each other that if someone was struggling we would bombard them with love.
Describe your “no contest” rule. What do you think other teams could learn from your experiment?
Christina: I think it’s a great way to play ultimate. It allows you to focus on the game and minimizes confrontations.
It’s easy to see when someone throws a huge huck on gets a layout D. Who’s a player you have to watch more carefully to see how valuable she is to your team?
Christina: The thing is our team is so deep that anyone of us could do something sick at anytime. I remember being at practices and scrimmaging against our team and looking at the line across from me and being like dang that team is stacked. The funny thing is that’s how I always felt.
Without giving too much away, what does your team like to do on offense and on defense?
Christina: Offense: Run fast and keep the disc moving. Defense: Confuse everyone.
Do you think being the defending champs will change the way you approach each individual game? Do you think it will change the way your opponents approach games against you?
Christina: Well, I definitely think it will put a big target on our backs, but that’s okay. We will still go into every game ecstatic that we get to play with each other and to play the game of Ultimate.