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The Santa Cruzification of the Rankings

The beautiful sea breezes of UC Santa Cruz have blown away the previous order on the freestyle rankings and unseated the #1 players on both the Open and Women’s list. This month, FPA Worlds Prague, the Summer 2011 Berlin hat and the 2011 Butch Cassidy Cup all fell off the rankings lists. Four new events – the 2013 FPA Worlds, the 2013 Japan Overall Championships, 2013 Sandslash and the 2013 Butch Cassidy Cup – were added.

There are a slew of changes beyond the #1’s on both the Open and Women’s lists. Let’s talk about Open first.

Open Rankings

Jake Gauthier ends Marco Prati’s 12 month reign at number one, taking back the top spot that Cega earned last summer. It’s not lonely at the top, though. The top three players are separated by only 16 points. The top five are within 65 points of #1, and the top six are within 100 points of the summit.

James Wiseman started 2013 ranked 17. He’s now ranked 2, only eight points behind Jake, after a strong season that culminated in his runner up finish in Open Pairs at the worlds. Here’s how close James got to number one. His team finished sixth in the co-op final with the same points as the fifth place team. They lost on a tiebreaker. Winning that tiebreaker or scoring 0.1 more points would have given James the number one spot. Matt Gauthier and James finished 0.7 points short of winning Open Pairs. If they had won, James would have the number one spot and a commanding cushion. Second by decimals.

The top places at the world are worth a lot of points. Winning both Open Pairs (for 299.5 points) and Open Co-op (for 292 points) brings me from number 20 to number 3. I also had the fortune of defending very few points from Prague after scratching from co-op and finishing in the middle of the pack in the Open Pairs finals.

Jake, James and myself all have a strong mathematical chance of ending the year at number one. But that’s not all! Paul Kenny jumps back into the top five from #11 after a 2nd in Co-op and a 3rd in Pairs. He’s within striking distance too.

Of the top five players, Clay Collera weathered the storm the best. Despite missing both finals in Santa Cruz, he moves up to #5. This anomaly is mainly due to so many players losing large chunks of points. Clay’s points stay exactly the same because he has such a strong cushion of results with few Prague points to defend.

Matt Gauthier and Dave Murphy both make big moves after winning Co-op. In Matt’s case, a first in Co-op and a second in Pairs move him from 14 to 6. Murf’s 1st in Co-op and 3rd in Pairs vault him from 46 all the way to 17.

Other upward movers included Co-op runner up Jeff O’Brien (41 to 29), Dave Schiller (79 to 49) and Co-op finalist Matteo Feller (121 to 71).

Those who didn’t defend their Prague points lost a lot of ground. Cega (1 to 8), Randy Silvey (2 to 10), Claudio Cigna (3 to 11), Chris Lamred (10 to 18), Balu (13 to 21), Dave Lewis (28 to 67) and Mahoney (55 to 104) all tumbled on this month’s list.

Women’s Rankings

This month brings another return to number one. Lisa Hunrichs ends Eleonora Imazio and Judith Haas’ hold on the top spot. The last time Lisa was at number one was all the way back in August 2006. Eleonora falls to 6 after losing all her points from Prague, including a first place reward for Mixed Pairs. Meanwhile, Irena Kulisanova’s runner up finish in Mixed Pairs in Santa Cruz helps her rise to number 3, and Lori Daniels holds at number 2. The other strong movers in the top ten are Emma Kahle, rising from 7 to 4, and Cindy St. Mary, re-entering the top 10 at 7 from 14 last month.

Because of the scarcity of women’s and mixed pairs events, the top 10 is likely to keep its shape through the end of the year, and Lisa Hunrichs is almost assured of finishing 2013 at the top.

Frisbee Freestyle World Rankings – Open Division – March 2013

Not much movement at the top of this month’s Frisbee Freestyle rankings. Most of the people gaining points from Frisbeer 2013 lost points from Frisbeer 2011.

Freestyle Flying Disc World Rankings – Open – March 2013
(tournaments from march 1, 2011 to february 28, 2013)
(revised 3/8/13. thanks for Freddy Finner for finding errors)

[this time | last time | name (nation) | best 8 results | events played]

1 1 Prati, Marco (ITA) 1592.75 17
2 2 Cigna, Claudio (ITA) 1462.75 14
3 3 Silvey, Randy (USA) 1417.00 9
4 4 Gauthier, Jake (USA) 1412.75 18
5 5 Leitner, Tom (USA) 1381.50 11
6 6 Collerà, Clay (ITA) 1370.50 20
7 7 Hess, Florian (GER) 1241.60 22
8 8 Cesari, Manuel (ITA) 1226.25 15
9 9 Kenny, Paul (USA) 1217.25 13
10 10 Sanna, Fabio (ITA) 1199.00 20

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Frisbee Freestyle World Rankings – Women’s Division – March 2013

No movement on the March women’s Freestyle Frisbee rankings. Eleonora Imazio retains the top spot, and Sophie Wolf enters the rankings list at #67.

Freestyle Flying Disc World Rankings – Women – March 2013
(tournaments from March 1, 2011 to February 28, 2013)
(revised 3/8/13. thanks for Freddy Finner for finding errors)

[this time | last time | name (nation) | best 8 results | events played]

1 1 Imazio, Eleonora (ITA) 1014 20
2 2 Haas, Judith (GER) 919.25 14
3 3 Daniels, Lori (USA) 917.5 14
4 4 Hunrichs, Lisa (USA) 898 10
5 5 Kulisanova, Irena (CZE) 888 18
6 6 Strunz, Bianca (GER) 795 16
7 7 Alessandrini, Gloria (ITA) 764.5 12
8 8 Klos, Nadine (GER) 747 13
9 9 Hagenbjörk, Karolina (SWE) 559.2 6
10 10 Powell, Char (USA) 608.4 8

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Frisbee Freestyle World Rankings – Women’s Division – February 2013

Italy’s Eleonora Imazio remains at number one on the Frisbee Freestyle women’s world rankings, and Char Powell knocks Emma Kahle out of the top 10.

Freestyle Flying Disc World Rankings – Women’s Division – February 2013
(tournaments from february 1, 2011 to january 31, 2013)

[this time | last time | name | nation | best 8 results | events played]

1 1 Imazio, Eleonora ITA 1069 21
2 2 Haas, Judith GER 943 15
3 3 Daniels, Lori USA 917.5 14
4 4 Hunrichs, Lisa USA 898 10
5 5 Kulisanova, Irena CZE 888 18
6 6 Strunz, Bianca GER 845 16
7 7 Alessandrini, Gloria ITA 764.5 12
8 8 Klos, Nadine GER 747 14
9 9 Hagenbjörk, Karolina SWE 667.7 8
10 11 Powell, Char USA 608.4 8
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Frisbee Freestyle World Rankings – Open Division – February 2013

Marco Prati of Italy retains the number one Frisbee Freestyle world ranking on the February 2013 list. This marks his sixth month at the top of the rankings. James Wiseman is the only mover near the top of the list, jumping up to 14 from 17 based on a first place (hat) and second place (pairs) at the Austin Winter Series.

Freestyle Flying Disc World Rankings – Open Division – February 2013
(tournaments from february 1, 2011 to january 31, 2013)

[this time | last time | name | nation | best 8 results | events played]

1 1 Prati, Marco ITA 1592.75 17
2 2 Cigna, Claudio ITA 1462.75 14
3 3 Silvey, Randy USA 1417.00 9
4 4 Gauthier, Jake USA 1412.75 18
5 5 Leitner, Tom USA 1377.00 12
6 6 Collerà, Clay ITA 1374.25 21
7 7 Hess, Florian GER 1241.60 22
8 8 Cesari, Manuel ITA 1236.00 17
9 9 Kenny, Paul USA 1217.25 13
10 10 Sanna, Fabio ITA 1206.50 21
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