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Preparation Pays off for Atavus Academy Seattle

A perfect 6-0 tournament brings the USA Rugby Women's Club 7s title to the Pacific Northwest. 

We’re excited to announce that our Seattle-based Atavus Academy sevens team came home from the Club 7s National Championship in Minneapolis, MN last weekend with a shiny new first-place trophy, ending a hard-fought and rewarding undefeated season. 

The team took home the title 26-14 over two-time national champion program the San Diego Surfers, in a victory that was the result of almost a full year of preparation.

When asked by Rugby Today what made the difference this year, Atavus Rugby's Director of Rugby Emilie Bydwell said, “We recognized last year that Club 7s isn’t what it used to be. You can’t just train once before a competition and expect to be successful. The girls began preparing through our Atavus Academy as early as last October. The commitment and preparation they put into it is why they are successful.”

Congratulations to Emilie and the whole Atavus team:

Lauren Barber – Penn State graduate and player alumna
Chelsey Birgisdottir – Stanford University graduate and player alumna, current Seattle Saracen
Ariana Bray – University of Pennsylvania graduate and player alumna, current Seattle Saracen
Jennine Duncan – East Tennessee State University graduate, current Seattle Saracen
Natalie Fuller – current University of Washington rugby player and student
Mackenzie Garrett – Western Washington University graduate and player alumna, current Seattle Saracen
Megan Jansky-Bingel – Seattle University graduate and player alumna, current Seattle Saracen
Averi Kitsch – University of Washington graduate and player alumna
Erica Legaspi – University of Washington graduate, current Seattle Saracen
Carly MacKinnon – Washington State University graduate and player alumna, current Seattle Saracen
Anne Peterson – Washington State graduate and player alumna, current Seattle Saracen
Megan Sanders – South Puget Sound Community College graduate

The Washington Athletic Club (WAC) sevens program finished third in the men's side of the competition, after losing a nail-biter to Denver in the semi-finals. With the support of the historic organization, our male Atavus Academy athletes represented well with their bronze-medal showing.

Club-7s-WAC.jpgPhoto by Travis Prior

Also congratulations to the Rugby Utah Selects who were crowned the Men's Club 7s National Champions for their second year in a row after defeating the Denver Barbarians in the final 22-21. A team try from Utah with zero seconds left on the clock allowed capped Eagle Don Pati to nail the winning conversion.

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Photo by Travis Prior

Topics: 7s, Atavus Athlete, sevens