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Saturday April 28, 2012

The 2012 USA Ultimate Atlantic Coast D-1 College Women's and Open Regional Championships will be held at the Smith River Sports Complex on May 5th and 6th. Play will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 and will end around 8 p.m. Competition will resume on Sunday, May 6 at 8 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m. and the event is free to the public.

There will be a total of 16 Open and 16 Women's teams competing with 1 Open and 3 Women's teams qualifying to represent the Atlantic Coast region at the National Championship tournament in Boulder, Colorado, May 25-28, 2012. Over 12,000 student athletes on more than 700 college teams from across North America entered the USA Ultimate College Championship Series in early April.

This Ultimate Championship will be bringing over 700 athletes and coaches to the Martinsville-Henry County area generating a great economic impact.

"We expect to bring together 32 of the best teams in the Atlantic Coast Region for a chance to see who will move on and represent the region at the USA Ultimate College Championships in Boulder, CO," said Dave Branick, the Atlantic Coast Open College Director. "The Atlantic Coast Regional Championship has always been a hotly contested tournament and we expect the competition to be fierce this year for the right to advance."

Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech plastic disc on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent's end zone. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds.

"We are really excited to host this USA Ultimate sanctioned regional qualifying event," stated Billy Russo, Director of Operations for the Smith River Sports Complex. "We feel that this event will continue to put us on the map to host more high level events in the sport of ultimate and others in the future."

USA ultimate is the National Governing Body for the sport of Ultimate in the United States. Their mission is to advance the sport of Ultimate by enhancing and promoting Character, Community, and Competition.

When asked why USA Ultimate chose the Smith River Sports Complex the Atlantic Coast Regional Championship Branick said, "We've heard great things about the quality of the fields and hospitality of the staff at Smith River Sports Complex from other Ultimate events that have been held here. It's a great site that's centrally located in our region (Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, North Carolina & South Carolina) and provides the kind of amenities that championship tournaments need to be successful events."

"Ultimate is growing steadily in the College and High School ranks, and this is a great chance to see high level College Ultimate in your own back yard. The event is free to spectators so come on out and see what the sport is all about," stated Branick, encouraging locals to come cheer on the athletes.

Men's teams that will be competing are:
College of Charleston
Clemson University
Univ. of Delaware
Duke University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
James Madison University
University of Maryland
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
North Carolina State University
University of South Carolina
Towson University
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech
William & Mary

Women's team that will be competing:
UNC- Wilmington
William and Mary
James Madison
George Washington
Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Tech
Appalachian State
South Carolina

For more information visit www.SouthernVirginiaSports.com or call (276) 638-5200. To learn more about USA Ultimate visit http://www.usaultimate.org.

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