Winners of US Quidditch Cup 11

Photo by: Miguel Esparza

University of Rochester Thestrals won the Collegiate Division and Texas Cavalry won the Community Division at US Quidditch Cup 11.

Collegiate Division

The University of Rochester Thestrals went 3-1 on day one of US Quidditch Cup 11. They were the sixth seed coming out of swiss, and beat Kansas Quidditch in the semi-finals on day two, 130*-80, to advance to the championship match. University of Rochester ultimately defeated the number one ranked team Texas Quidditch 100*-90.

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University of Rochester vs Texas Quidditch in the collegiate championship match. Photo by: Shirley Lu.

The snitch for the collegiate championship match was Anthony Hawkins. Head referee was USQ 2017-18 Referee of the Year Austin Pitts.

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University of Rochester Thestrals with the college division championship medals and trophy. Photo by: Miguel Esparza.

Community Division

Texas Cavalry went undefeated in pool play, and were the top seed overall coming into the bracket. They beat BosNYan Bearsharks in the semi-finals, 90*-30, to advance to the championship match. Texas Cavalry ultimately defeated the number two ranked team Lone Star Quidditch Club 90*-30.

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Texas Cavalry vs Lone Star Quidditch Club in the community division championship match. Photo by: Miguel Esparza.

The snitch for the community championship match was Rob Snitch, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the Medal and Trophy Ceremony. Head referee was Ramare Hopkins.

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Texas Cavalry with the community division championship medals and trophy. Photo by: Miguel Esparza.

Recap

87 teams participated in the national championship, which took place at Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas on April 14-15, 2018. US Quidditch Cup 11 was one of the largest quidditch events in history, the largest national championship since World Cup V in New York City. Scores can be found here. Video footage from the livestream is available here. Additional games were streamed here, and will be moved to USQ’s primary YouTube channel soon.

Snapchat covered the tournament with an Our Story. It will be available to view soon.

The recipients of the team awards were:

Best Uniform: The Fighting Farmers of America
Best Chant: BosNYan Bearsharks
Xander Manshel Sportsmanship Award: Utah State Quidditch Club

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Texas Quidditch, the runner-up in the collegiate division. Photo by: Mary Kimball

Feedback

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Lone Star Quidditch Club, the runner-up in the community division. Photo by: Mary Kimball

US Quidditch wishes to congratulate the University of Rochester and Texas Cavalry on becoming the first champions in the newly created collegiate and community divisions. Thank you to all competing teams and players, volunteers, officials, and staff for your exceptional sportsmanship and contributions to making this event a success. We extend a special thanks to the City of Round Rock and the staff at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex for their tremendous support of US Quidditch Cup 11.