The University of Texas at Dallas earned its first athletics national championship last month, and it was its newest squad that secured the title — the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team. The esports team traveled to Massachusetts to compete in the Collegiate Starleague Smash Ultimate National Championships on Aug. 23-25 at Shine 2019, one of the largest events in the world for Smash tournaments. “This is an exciting moment in the short history of our esports program,” said Dr. Gene Fitch Jr. vice president for student affairs . “I would not have thought it possible for our teams to be celebrating a national championship after just one year of existence. I wish to congratulate our student-athletes, analysts, coach Greg Adler and all those that contributed to this historic moment. This is only the beginning.”
2018-2019 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Roster
- Joshua Gue, electrical engineering senior
- Phuong Huynh, computer science senior
- Efrain Nazario, arts and technology senior
- Keven Nguyen, mechanical engineering junior
- Reynaldo Ortiz, biomedical engineering senior
- Zach Rendulic, arts, technology and emerging communication sophomore
- Christopher Sweetman, computer science junior
The Comets, previously ranked as the top team in the Southern region, defeated the University of California, Irvine in the grand finals to become the No. 1 Smash Ultimate team in the nation. Last fall, the University became one of the few in Texas to offer esports — competitive video gaming — as part of its athletics department, filling rosters for League of Legends and Overwatch teams. The Smash team was added in February.
Adler, head coach and director of esports at UT Dallas, said the accomplishment is still surreal. “It’s pretty unbelievable,” he said. “This was the Smash team’s first semester, and they won a national championship. It speaks to how the sky is the limit and how strong our program could be down the line.” […]
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