The Claremont Braineaters were founded in 1979 at Pitzer College with the team name stemming from a 1950’s B-movie title. Made up primarily of Pitzer students, the Brains played their first games against teams such as Occidental and Redlands. Founded on the principles of good spirit and fair play, the early teams were led by people such as Jeff Landesman and Howie Wein. Throughout the 80s, the team expanded across the five colleges, steadily bringing in more and more Pomona and Harvey Mudd students. The late 80s and early 90s saw the Brains establish themselves as the strongest small school ultimate team in SoCal.
With the establishment of D-III college ultimate, Claremont became one of the premier programs in the division, and in 2011, the Braineaters won their first-ever national title. The Braineaters cemented their name in D-III history by appearing at Nationals for the first six years of the division’s existence. After two years of close losses to Occidental College in the Southwest game-to-go, the Braineaters made a strong conferences and regionals run this year, winning every game by large margins and taking the bid to Nationals with a 13-4 win over Occidental.
College Championship Appearances
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
1st - 2011