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1-11-2012

Dear Ramona Alumnae,

Greetings from New Haven and Yale Ramona 2011 – 2012! Best wishes for the New Year to you and your families and friends! As you no doubt have noticed, the Mona letter has suffered an unfortunate hiatus. We’re hoping to revive this tradition. Please feel free to send any updates to caroline.jaffe@yale.edu or yaleramona@gmail.com for inclusion in the next newsletter! We would love to hear from you!

Ramona has approximately twenty-seven beautiful, feisty players, led by our fearless captains Claire “Karma” Henly CC ‘12 and Lucila “Chuckles” Dunnington SY ’12. We’ve enjoyed welcoming a great batch of rookies to the Mona family this fall.

This fall has been replete with old traditions and some new surprises. In early September, we played the first day of Metro East club sectionals. We went 3-1, beating Columbia and a couple of high school teams. After learning that most of our opponents had bailed on the second day of sectionals (it was the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, so we figured that traffic getting into New York would be brutal), we decided to go to a nearby beach instead. We enjoyed a rousing round-robin 3v3 beach tournament and went apple picking afterwards.

In early October, we attended Huck for Red October at Vassar College, which is the “new Purple Valley” in that it is a co-ed “party” tournament. In super muddy conditions, we made it all the way to the championship game, losing tragically to Wesleyan on universe point on Sunday. We obviously won the party though. We had great rookie turnout as well as superb showings by many returners. We even played an all-rookie point!

We hosted Coffee Cup over Halloween weekend here in New Haven. Thanks to our stellar Tournament Directors, we had fantastic snacks and a well-organized tournament schedule. Ramona split X-Y, with an overall record of 3-1. Notably, due to low numbers and injuries, both teams played savage (or nearly savage). The tournament included exciting wins over UConn, Brown and Boston University. Despite surprisingly glorious weather early in the morning, it started snowing like crazy around 11:00 am, and we unfortunately had to cancel the rest of games on Saturday and all Sunday games. Nonetheless, playing in a near-white-out snowstorm is something we won’t forget for a while.

In November, we travelled to Princeton, NJ for Fall Brawl. This tournament was an excellent showcase of the skills and fitness we had been working on all semester. With low numbers, both rookies and returners were important contributors to our impressive record of 5-1, earning us 2nd place overall in the tournament.

In addition to our tournaments, we had a casual small-sided Supermona tournament in mid-October. The weather was gorgeous and we had a blast! We also sent a small but stacked Supermona cohort to chilly Get Ho Ho Ho in Falmouth, MA in early December.

The merriment has continued off the field as well. Supermona social has organized some fantastic gatherings, often including baking, Scattergories, movies, and cheery beverages. We’ve enjoyed visits from several recent alumnae at Coffee Cup, the Harvard-Yale game, and at various times throughout the semester. Visiting alumnae include Chelsea “Charks” Willett ’11, Aki Younge ’11, Sarah “Flip” Hill ’11, Zuzana “Zu” Culakova ’11, Alexandra “Lex” Beautyman ’11, Sarah Dewey ’10, Virginia Calkins ’10 and Emily “Thatch” Guh ’09. (I apologize if your name was left off the list; I was probably too “distracted” to remember seeing you…) We would love to see more of you all!

As the semester starts up, we are getting psyched for winter training and winter league. Although our tournament schedule is not currently finalized (and often remains so until frighteningly late into the semester!), some weekends to keep an eye out for are:

March 6-8: Hide Tide on St. Simon’s Island, GA
March 10-11: Music City Mashup in Nashville, TN
March 24-25: Yale Cup at Yale!!!

We will try to be diligent about updating you as this schedule changes. As always, any news, photos, memories, visits and donations are welcomed! We would love to hear from you!

Love,
Ramona ’11-‘12


5-11-2012

Dear Ramona Alumnae,

Greetings! I hope you are all experiencing some glorious summer sunshine, wherever you are! Our college ultimate season and the school year at Yale have officially wrapped up. I think we all felt some collective disbelief as we bid goodbye to our wonderful senior class and saw ourselves moving on to new adventures. Nonetheless, we had a very happy season that resulted in a 5th place finish at a very competitive regionals tournament.

This winter, we wiled away the long winter months with the normal joys of indoor training: stairs, sprints, agilities, and lots of 3v3. This year, winter training was supplemented by the weight training program we lovingly entitled “Claire Henly’s Guide to Getting Huge”. Every Wednesday and Friday, we donned our bro tanks and took over the Berkeley weight room with our bar squats, bicep curls and bench presses. Supermona also orchestrated another successful Winter League season that was ultimately championed by Liz “Linc” Schyling’s (’14) Team Pink.

Spring break couldn’t come soon enough! We road-tripped to St. Simon’s Island in Georgia to play in the High Tide tournament. Before the tournament started, we spent a day in Savannah initiating our fabulous rookie class with a scavenger hunt, exploring the historic city, and revisiting Wet Willies for their “special” slushies. We rented a beautiful house near the beach, and spent our afternoons cooking together, playing Telephone Pictionary and Superlatives, watching movies, and “bonding” with Superfly (take that as you will). On the field, we managed an impressive 5-2 record, dulled only by a disappointing loss to Vermont in our final game (most likely due to the residual effects of the previous nights escapades). #SpringBreak! Despite the loss, we saw impressive play from returners and rookies alike, and all loved being outside in the sun!

After High Tide, we drove to Nashville, TN for Without Limit’s Music City Mashup. A smaller squad, fierce competition, and some injuries resulted in a middle-of-the-pack finish, but we had the opportunity to see some excellent ultimate between Nationals-level teams, which was both instructional and exciting!

Back at Yale, we hosted Yale Cup the last weekend of March, coming in with a 5th place finish. The next weekend, we travelled to Princeton for Garden State Open, finishing in 2nd place. In particular, this tournament featured excellent collaborative team play and two decisive wins over a team that we had lost to in the fall. We got 2nd place at Conferences, with a huge comeback win against Rutgers in our final game after losing to them on Saturday. Two weekends later, we travelled to Saratoga Springs for Metro East Regionals, where we earned 5th place. We had two very close, disappointing losses to Rutgers and NYU, but ended the weekend on a good note with a win over Cornell.

We want to send lots of love to our seniors in the class of 2012: Claire Henly, Lucila Dunnington, Jeannette Penniman, Aspen Reese, Calah Singleton, and Margaret Yim. They have all been a huge inspiration to us on and off the field. We’re sad to see them go, but we know they’ll continue to bring their wisdom, poise and spirit wherever they go! We sent them off with funny songs, functional and sexy Mona sports bras, and lots of love; they served us a delicious dinner and the best brownies ever! We want to especially thank Claire and Luci for their fearless and graceful leadership. We also elected Shirlee Wohl ’13 and Caroline “Bubbles” Jaffe ’13 as our captains for the 2012-2013 season!

This summer, Mona is spread far and wide – like an excellent offense – from sweltering New Haven to the sunny West Coast, from Texas up to Alaska and from Paris to Hong Kong. As always, though, we carry the ultimate spirit in our hearts and heads and would welcome a Ramona rendezvous! If you’d like, please respond with information about your local ultimate scene, as we would love to meet you and play with you! Also, we’re hoping to host an alumni team at Coffee Cup next fall. Coffee Cup is usually the last weekend of October, so keep your calendars open and start dusting off your wind throws!!

We were really excited by the outpouring of responses to the last newsletter, and hope to keep them coming more regularly next year. If you haven’t already, feel free to check out our website (www.yale.edu/ramona), join the Facebook group (email us and we’ll add you to it!) or follow us on Twitter (@YaleRamona). It’s the digital age! As always, any news, photos, memories, visits and donations are welcomed at yaleramona@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

Love,
Ramona ’11-’12