CURLING: Field set for 2013 USA Curling National Championships presented by Brooms Up Curling Supplies
Terry Kolesar
(715) 344-1199 ext. 202
January 20, 2013 6:44 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 20, 2013
 
Field set for 2013 National Championships
 
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The final six berths to the 2013 USA Curling National Championships presented by Brooms Up Curling Supplies were earned this weekend as the Women’s Challenge Round came to a close this afternoon at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle.
 
Fourteen women’s teams battled for the six spots to the 2013 Nationals, which will be staged Feb. 9-16 at the Cornerstone Ice Center in Green Bay, Wis. This is the final event for teams to qualify for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will take place Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D. Four women’s teams had already punched their tickets to Green Bay by virtue of placement at last year’s event and Order of Merit standings based on performances earlier this season.
 
The first two teams to earn berths at the Challenge Round this weekend were both Minnesota-based rinks. 2006 Olympian Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.) stepped into the skipping position in place of the injured Amy Wright and needed to win just two games to win the A side of the triple knockout event. George, 26, and teammates Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.) and Amanda McLean (Duluth, Minn.) added Wisconsin’s Julie Lilla (Trempealeau, Wis.) to the team last month and defeated Philadelphia’s Sarah Anderson, 8-5, to make a return to the Nationals.
 
Also on Saturday, two-time U.S. junior champion Alexandra Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) clinched a berth as well by winning the other A final, 5-3 over Cristin Clark. Carlson, 24, and teammates Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.), Kendall Behm (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Jordan Moulton (Minneapolis, Minn.) advanced to the playoffs at last year’s Nationals in Aston, Pa., and came to Seattle well prepared after putting together a competitive schedule on the World Curling Tour.
 
Four spots were up for grabs on today in the B and C finals. Both the Anderson and the Clark rinks dropped down to the B final but neither side could clinch their spots from the B side either. Two-time junior champion Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) defeated the young Anderson rink, 9-6. Hamilton and teammates Molly Bonner (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.) moved on to Nationals, a familiar place for these former junior champions. In addition, Minnesota’s Shelly Kinney will make her first appearance at the Nationals as they defeated Clark, 6-5. Kinney’s team includes fellow Minnesotans Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.), Theresa Hoffoss (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Julie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.).
 
The Anderson and Clark rinks would both get redemption but not without the C finals going into extra ends. Anderson, 17, just missed a shot to win the game in the 10th end against Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.), but rallied in the extra end to win the game, 6-5. Anderson’s team includes her older sister Courtney Anderson-Slata (Aston, Pa.), identical twin sister Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) and Katie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.). The Anderson twins and Dubberstein will also compete in the 2013 USA Curling Junior National Championships at the end of January.
 
Clark’s hometown team from the Granite Club gave up a steal in the 10th end to Minnesota’s Maureen Stolt, the reigning mixed doubles national champion, but also turned the corner in the extra end to earn a spot in Green Bay. This will be the seventh Nationals appearance for Clark but first since 2009. The 2013 Nationals will mark the rookie appearances for her teammates Patti Killins, Christina Pastula and Christie Wilhelmy (all of Seattle).
 
The 2013 Nationals field is ripe with familial ties with siblings, spouses, cousins, and one mother-daughter combination competing in the 20-team field for the right to represent the U.S. at the 2013 World Championships. Twelve hours of live curling from the 2013 Nationals will air on NBC Sports Network and Universal Sports. In addition, the 12th End Sports Network will bring live webstreaming action of one game per draw of the weeklong national championship. USA Curling partner CurlingZone will deliver live Internet scoring and stats for every game of the event to keep fans engaged.
 
Here is a look at the complete field for the 2013 National Championships presented by Brooms Up Curling Supplies:
 
Women’s teams:
 
Team Anderson: Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Courtney Anderson-Slata (Aston, Pa.), Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Katie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.)
 
Team Brown: Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis, Minn.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago)
 
Team Carlson: Alexandra Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.), Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.), Kendall Behm (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jordan Moulton (Minneapolis, Minn.)
 
Team Clark: Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Patti Killins (Seattle), Christina Pastula (Seattle), Christie Wilhelmy (Seattle)
 
Team George: Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (Duluth, Minn.), Julie Lilla (Trempealeau, Wis.), Amy Wright (Duluth, Minn.)
 
Team Hamilton: Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Molly Bonner (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.)
 
Team Kinney: Shelly Kinney (Champlin, Minn.), Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.), Theresa Hoffoss (Minneapolis, Minn.), Julie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.)
 
Team Lank: Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.)
 
Team Pottinger: Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.)
 
Team Roessler: Laura Roessler (Trempealeau, Wis.), Jamie Haskell (Bemidji, Minn.), Jackie Lemke (Medford, Wis.), Stephanie Sambor (Minot, N.D.). (2006 Olympian Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) is sitting out due to pregnancy.)
 
Men’s field:
 
Team Birr: Todd Birr (Mankato, Minn.), Doug Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Greg Romaniuk (Snohomish, Wash.), Tom O’Connor (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kevin Birr (St. Peter, Minn.)
 
Team Brown: Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.), Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Jon Brunt (Portage, Wis.)
 
Team Clark: Brady Clark (Seattle), Sean Beighton (Seattle), Darren Lehto (Seattle), Philip Tilker (Seattle), Coach Ken Trask (Seattle)
 
Team Farbelow: Mike Farbelow (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kevin Deeren (Chicago), Kraig Deeren (DeForest, Ill.), Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio)
 
Team Fenson: Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.), Ryan Brunt (Bemidji, Minn.)
 
Team George: Tyler George (Proctor, Minn.), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Rich Ruohonen (Minneapolis, Minn.), Colin Hufman (Seattle)
 
Team Lemke: Ryan Lemke (Medford, Wis.), Nate Gebert (Milwaukee, Wis.), John Lilla (Trempealeau, Wis.), Casey Konopacky (Stevens Point, Wis.)
 
Team McCormick: Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario), Bill Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Martin Sather (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.), Dean Gemmell (Short Hills, N.J.), Matt Hames (Hamilton, N.Y.)
 
Team Persinger: Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Nick Myers (Mansfield, Texas), Sean Murray (Watertown, Wis.), Tim Gartner (St. Paul, Minn.)
 
Team Shuster: John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), Jared Zezel (Duluth, Minn.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.)
 
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, and is partnered with Ludus Tours, RJM Licensing, Inc., and CurlingZone.
 
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).



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