Mary Presecan and Reid Smith founded the University of Texas Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club in the spring semester of 2000. During that semester, the twice-a-week practices drew perhaps 10 players regularly, making a full game of 7 on 7 scrimmage impossible. We played in one tournament that semester, Centex, when we were pressed to come up with a team name. We adopted the name “Lady Marmalade” in part because marmalade was the required color orange, and also because we all dug the Labelle version of that song.
We changed our name to Melee. It means something along the lines of hand-to-hand combat or a riotous drunken bar brawl. A “violent free-for-all” if you will. Or if you won’t, it means “Pacifists”.
Cara Crouch received the Callahan Award at Nationals where she graciously announced, “It’s All About Melee.” It was a fitting way to the end the season, at which point we were sad to see thirteen players graduate.
For the first time in team history, Melee won Centex. We host this tournament every year, and winning it on home turf epitomized the meaning of Melee through the years as generations of alumni gathered on the sidelines to cheer on the 2016 team.
The newly renovated UT Intramural Fields were home to the 2017 Women's College Centex. Melee became back to back champions after going undefeated through the weekend and winning the tournament.
Throughout the 2017 season, Melee reached the final of every tournament they went to. This includes President's Day Invite, Stanford Invite, Women's College Centex, Sectionals, Regionals, and, for the first time in program history, the 2017 College Championships.
Texas Women's Ultimate consists of two teams: Melee and Mayhem. Melee is one of the nation's top collegiate teams. Since the beginning, Melee has qualified for Nationals 9 out of 14 years. We are a team rooted in commitment, teamwork, and excellence. Mayhem is Texas' second team. Reinvented in 2006, Mayhem's focus is to provide UT a social ultimate frisbee team. Most of Mayhem's tournaments are local, and it is a great way to stay in shape, meet new friends, and play the best sport in the world!