We're a huge step closer to knowing the entire 16-team field for the USA Rugby Women's Club 7s Championships after this weekend's action.
The San Diego Surfers return to Kansas City to reclaim the title they won last year. The Surfers got past an improving Santa Barbara team at the Sunsplash 7s, but both will make their way to the Fountain City.
Amanda Berta, Aurora Macek, and Devon Gold all scored tries as the Chicago Lions defeated Chicago North Shore 21-5 in the final of the Midwest Championships. The Lions take the region's lone seed to the national championships.
The Atlanta Harlequins continued their torrid pace and won the final qualifier in Raleigh, NC to take the #1 seed from that region. Coming in second was Phoenix out of southern Florida. They will also book a trip to KC.
Cortney Kuehl continues her excellent form since joining the Harlequins out of college (Central Florida) last fall. Cyndi Campbell, Corinne Heavner, and Lara Gartner were also excellent.
And evergreen Pat Neder, who has been a stalwart for Atlanta for decades, provided leadership and some superb minutes in the victory.
The New York Rugby Club looked very impressive in beating a tough Boston team in the final of the Saratoga 7s. That was enough for both NYRC and Boston to get seeds.
Rocky Mountain Magic and the Kansas City Jazz played a best-of-three series to decide who would go to nationals. Rocky Mountain won the first game 33-5 and the second, also, 38-0, and that was it. Rocky Mountain returns to nationals, while Kansas City will, unfortunately, have to watch the tournament in their home city.
Scion cruised by everyone and that's not a surprise. The women in electric-green-tinged NOVA in the final and had little trouble taking the #1 seed. NOVA and DC follow on as #2 and #3 (we've confirmed now).
Still To Decide
Pacific North (three seeds) and Red River (two seeds) will decide their qualifiers next week.
So Who Has Qualified?
San Diego, Santa Barbara, Rocky Mountain, Chicago Lions, Atlanta Harlequins, Phoenix, New York, Boston, Scion, NOVA, and DC Furies.