It's Centex week and we are incredibly excited to host all of you in Austin this weekend! Women's College Centex has been a cornerstone of the college season for the past decade, and it has been such a privilege to be a part of this tournament as a player and organizer for the past 12 years. In 2008, a group of 30 captains and leaders of the best college women's teams in the country met in the parking lot of the IM Fields in Austin to talk about the future of college women's ultimate. Our commitment to building Centex was a small but visible result of that meeting; the values and goals discussed there became the driving force behind the creation of Without Limits.
This week, as we look forward to one of the most exciting, competitive, and community-driven events of the college women's season, some of our friends will be sharing their stories from Centex over the years. These friends are only some of the many, many people who have made Women's College Centex into such a special event. Enjoy the upcoming posts, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Austin!
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sol delivers one of the most impressive dance-off performances in Centex history
When we received our first invitation to Centex 2009, I thought it would be a hard sell to the team - we had never traveled that far for a weekend only tournament, our teammates ranged in commitment level, and we weren't really a nationally renowned program. We brought the idea to practice, and people excitedly expressed interest.
Flash-forward to 2010, we won our Tier 2 pool, won our crossover game against UCLA, and then went on to win the danceoff. SOL 2010 goes down as the winningest team at Centex in one day ever, I think?
Without Centex, our team would have never really believed we belonged with the elite teams. We closed the gap points at a time to qualify for Nationals. Although we never did qualify, making Nationals was a very challenging, but not unrealistic goal because we got the opportunity to play and compete with teams like Oregon, UC-Santa Barbara, and Colorado. Practicing tirelessly for the Danceoff was fun, and probably the most challenging thing I have ever attempted. To be able to watch that video and see that I can do amazing things like that gives me confidence to go out there and try anything.
Centex is an event that brings so many different teams together to celebrate women's ultimate and all that it can be. I love this tournament.
Current Team: Madison Heist Captain, University of Wisconsin Bella Donna Coach, WUGC Mixed Team
College Teams Attended With: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sol, University of Iowa Saucy Nancy, University of Wisconsin Bella DonnaYears Attended: Player 2009-2011; Coach 2014-2015
Sol performs at the Dance-Off!
Sol players bask in the sun. Sometimes the weather is nice at Without Limits events!
Sol team picture after winning the Dance-Off in 2010