Gainesville, Florida – On January 7th, 2018, the Florida Women’s Flag Football team conquered the FAMU Rattlers in overtime to bring home their first National Championship title.
Club President, Amanda Chromiak, said it was the team’s 4th time playing FAMU within the 2017 season, so the game was very familiar to both. In order to win, both teams knew they would need to make big plays. Led by Head Coach, Joshua Saunders, that is exactly what the team was able to do. The resilience of this team paid off as they clinch the win in overtime, beating the Rattlers 12-6.
To make the win even more impressive, this is the club's first year in existence at the University of Florida. Led by Chromiak, the group of ten women officially became a club team in January of 2017. In twelve short months, they won three major tournaments, including Swamp Bowl, the Southern Mississippi tournament and the NIRSA National Championship tournament. Three players were also recognized for All-American honors. Team All-Americans include Amanda Chromiak, Jayci Grosso, and Olivia Salzman.
Chromiak mentioned the team’s motivation this season was really to play, have fun and learn. Come time for the National Championship tournament, the team however was ready to “show everyone exactly what this team was capable of doing.”
Congrats on an amazing season ladies, we can not wait to see what the 2018 season has in store!
The Department of Recreational Sports at the University of Florida has 50 club sport teams to meet the diverse interest of our student body. During the Fall semester, we had five teams competing in National Championship tournaments.
For more information and details on how to join, visit our website at www.recsports.ufl.edu.
- Caroline Dailey, RecSports Marketing Program Assistant