A 2011 Robbinsdale Armstrong High School graduate is at the top of her game right now, bound for Ireland to compete in the Junior World Championships for Ultimate Frisbee.
Plymouth native Erynn Schroeder beat out dozens of other Ultimate athletes from around the country for a spot on Team USA. Schroeder and her teammates will now travel to Dublin, Ireland to compete against 14 other countries in the World Junior Ultimate Frisbee Championships from August 12-17.
The fast-paced game of Ultimate is similiar to other sports like soccer, football and even basketball as it requires precision passing skills and endurance as players run up the field and score points by catching a pass in the opponent's end zone.
Schroeder first started playing Ultimate as a freshman in high school, and it didn't take long before she was hooked on the game.
"From the very first practice I loved it, it really clicked for me, and I really enjoyed playing from the very first practice," said Schroeder.
Missy Klajda, Schroeder's former coach and now fellow teammate on a local summer team, calls Schroeder a "go-to" player who always comes through for the team.
"Erynn is a quiet competitor," said Klajda. "She doesn't necessarily say a lot but her play does all the talking."
Schroeder will be the only woman to represent Minnesota on her team of 20 players.
Alexandra Renslo reporting
Wednesday, August 01, 2012