University of Minnesota prevails at College National Championship

By Gordon Maclean, Chairman, USCA College Curling Committee

USA Curling College National Championship, held March 10-12 at the Utica Curling Club in New York. Te Minnesota team was made up of Wes Leksell (Vice), Hunter Welch (Second), Katheryn Kaseno (Lead), and Andrew Wolf (Al- ternate), with Nicholas Drew as Skip. Te curling Gophers handily defeated Ham-


ilton College, Wayne State College (Neb.), and the 2016 College National Champion University of Pennsylvania in pool play. Moving into the Championship Round, Minnesota dispatched Yale University 9-2 and then Big Ten rival Ne- braska in the Championship game, thanks to a four-point first end that the Huskers could not counter. Nebraska’s silver was their first College Championship medal performance. Taking the Bronze was the 2015 College Na-

tional Champion, University of Wisconsin-Ste- vens Point. Fourth went to Harvard University,

FROM PAGE 10: WORLD JUNIORS “Honestly, going into that game we did feel a

little bit of the pressure but since we had already beaten Japan by quite a margin earlier in the week, we tried to go into that fairly relaxed and we just tried to maintain our heads and I think all of us play pretty well under pressure,” said McMakin, who won a silver medal last year as alternate for Team USA. “So even though there was pressure on us, it didn’t really affect how we played too much.” Te U.S. ladies had to shake off nerves and an

early big end by Japan as their opponent scored four points in the second end aſter a few miscues by the Americans. Big steals in the second half of the match, however, fueled USA’s 11-8 win. “Tis whole experience has been amazing. It’s

been amazing to be able to play at the Worlds and to be able to keep the U.S. spot, so that was defi- nitely a big win,” said Burchesky, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Tat means that Japan, Hungary and Turkey are relegated to the World Junior B Champion-

he University of Minnesota took home the gold aſter an undefeated run through the competition at the 2017

and second-year participant St. Norbert College took home fiſth place honors. Te Utica Curling Club put on a fantastic

event thanks in great part to the efforts of Mary Jane Walsh and Roger Rowlett. Te event team pulled in major sponsorships from Staples, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Colgate University Recreational Sports, and Hamilton College. Tese efforts provided the participants some great meals and other benefits that enhanced their championship event expe- rience. Our thanks go out to these sponsors for their generosity. Looking forward, Walsh said, “We had a blast

hosting the 2017 college nationals. It was great to meet so many new college curlers, and connect with old friends. We hope to see the event back at Utica in the future.” As the college curling season never really

ends, schools are already out racking up points towards the 2018 Championship. So far 12 event results have been posted with RPI, SUNY-Poly- technic, Creighton, and Harvard leading the way. We are also eager to report that we have our

ships next winter, along with the three men’s teams that finished on the bottom of the round robin standings – Italy, China and Turkey. “It’s been a tough first Worlds, but I think we

know what to expect now and we know how to improve and we’re ready to come back,” said Dubberstein, whose team is a member of USA Curling’s High Performance Program and coached by Bev Schroeder (Stevens Point, Wis.). Te 2018 World Junior Championships will

take place March 3-11, 2018, in Aberdeen, Scot- land. USA’s teams will be determined at the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships. Q

USA women’s round robin game results:

Turkey 8, USA 7 USA 9, Hungary 6 USA 12, Switzerland 11 USA 9, Japan 3 Russia 10, USA 5 Korea 10, USA 3 Scotland 7, USA 2 USA 8, Sweden 4 Canada 9, USA 3

Sportsmanship Award: Jennie Wahlin, SWE

Te University of Minnesota won the 2017 USA Curling College National Championship. Winners include (l-r) Katie Kaseno, Nicholas Drew, Wes Leksell, Andrew Wolf, and Hunter Welch. Photo courtesy of Joe Cosentino

second active West Coast team reporting results. George Fox College curling out of Evergreen Curling Club joins Cal-Berkeley as college curl- ing truly spans the nation from coast to coast. Te 2018 USA Curling College Championship

will be held at the Eau Claire (Wis.) Curling Club during the weekend of March 9-11. We hope to see you there. Q

Scotland Sweden Canada Korea Russia

Switzerland USA Japan

Hungary Turkey

2017 VoIP World Junior Championships Feb. 16-26, PyeongChang, South Korea Round robin standings: Women 7-2Q 7-2Q 6-3Q 5-4Q 5-4 5-4 4-5 4-5 1-8 1-8

Tiebreaker game: Korea 7, Switzerland 5 2018 World Juniors relegation game: USA 11, Japan 8 Page 1-2 game: Sweden 9, Scotland 6 Page 3-4 game: Canada 7, Korea 5 Semifinal: Scotland 13, Canada 2 Bronze-medal game: Canada 6, Korea 3 Gold-medal game: Sweden 10, Scotland 7

USA statistics by position & overall ranking:

Team, 66% (8th) Annmarie Dubberstein, skip, 62% (8th) Christine McMakin, vice skip, 69% (6th) Jenna Burchesky, second, 66% (8th) Allison Howell, lead, 74% (6th) Madison Bear, alternate, 60%

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