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CHAMPIONSHIPS


2018 Nationals, Round robin standings: Jamie Sinclair


Cory Christensen Cora Farrell Kim Rhyme Beth Podoll


Christine McMakin Emily Anderson Ann Podoll


7-0 5-2 5-2 4-3 3-4 2-5 1-6 1-6


Semifinal: Christensen 6, Farrell 3 Final: Sinclair 6, Christensen 5


Ann Brown Sportsmanship Award recipient: Rebecca Andrew, Team Rhyme


2018 Women’s National Championship winners (l-r) Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger, and Monica Walker.


Photo by Rich Harmer, USA Curling Sinclair rink repeats as national champ


Team comes close to world championship medal in Ontario


By Terry L. Davis, Editor


Curling National Championships in Fargo, N.D. Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and her team of Alex


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Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fair- banks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) delivered a game-winning draw into the four-foot to punch their tickets to represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Women’s Champion- ship in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Te team is coached by Scott Baird (Bemidji, Minn.). “Just so much pride in this team for how we


managed to rebound aſter a pretty devastating November. But, we played great in the U.S. Open, great in Bern as runner-up and then we had a Slam to practice playing on championship ice like this. Ten we come here and go undefeated, so I couldn’t be more proud of the team with how we rebounded from November,” Sinclair said about the tough Olympic Trials loss. Tis is the third national title for Carlson, who


also won in 2017 and 2015, and second for the rest of the team aſter winning the title together


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or the second straight year, Jamie Sin- clair’s team went to the top of the podi- um aſter a perfect week at the 2018 USA


last year in Everett, Wash. Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates


Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.), and Taylor Ander- son (Minneapolis, Minn.) concluded the week at Scheels Arena with their best finish at the Women’s Nationals in earning the silver medals. Te team is coached by Phill Drobnick (Eveleth, Minn.). “It was a good ending to a good year,” Chris-


tensen said. “I’m happy with the girls for battling through. We didn’t have the Trials that we want- ed to have but they battled through it. Tey really came out and played phenomenal this week and I’m proud of the team for sticking with it.” World Championship recap


In their first appearance together at the 2018


World Women’s Curling Championship, Team USA’s Jamie Sinclair rink showed they came ready to show the world that they can contend for a medal. Te U.S. women came very close to a spot


on the podium aſter a last-rock loss to Russia’s Victoria Moiseeva in the bronze medal game on March 24. “Our first goal was to qualify and we did


that. Ten we re-assessed from there and our sec- ond goal was definitely to bring home some hard- ware and we had the chance,” Sinclair said. “We came close, but it wasn’t meant to be, but I’m just super proud of the team for coming this far. We’ve come a long way in two years.”


Canada Sweden Korea Russia


China


Switzerland Scotland Japan


Denmark Germany Italy


2018 World Women’s Championship Round robin standings: 12-0 10-2 8-4 7-5


Czech Republic 6-6 USA


6-6 6-6 5-7 5-7 5-7 3-9 3-9


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Qualification playoffs: USA 10, Korea 3 Russia 7, Czech Republic 3 Semifinals: Canada 9, USA 7 Sweden 7, Russia 6 Bronze: Russia 6, USA 5 Gold: Canada 7, Sweden 6


Te playoff appearance was just the second


for the U.S. women’s program in the last decade, with the 2013 team and Sinclair’s rink finishing fourth. “We’ve learned a lot. Tis whole experience


was a learning curve for us. We’ve never played in this kind of venue, this atmosphere, this stage, this level, so we’ve learned a lot and it’s going to help us grow and mature as a team,” Sinclair said. Te U.S. ladies went 6-6 in round robin play


at the North Bay Memorial Gardens Arena to se- cure a spot in the new six-team playoff format. Te U.S. then upset No. 3 Korea in the opening round of the playoffs by a 10-3 score to set up a semifinal showdown with Canada. Te Canadian ladies continued their undefeated streak with a 9-7 win over the U.S. Tey would go on to defeat Sweden, 7-6, to win the gold medal. Q


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