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BONUS ONLINE-ONLY COVERAGE // Field set for Mixed Doubles National Championship By Terry L. Davis, Editor


Eveleth, Minn. In the morning draw, Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks,


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Alaska) and 2014 Olympian Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.) took down Seattle’s Jillian Walker and Sean Beighton, 9-2, and then went on to defeat Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.) and Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), 7-3, in the aſt ernoon to secure a spot to com- pete at the 2017 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in March at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minn. Seattle’s duo of three-time mixed doubles champion Cristin Clark and


partner Matt Birklid got past Stephanie Larson (Rosamond, Calif.) and Fred Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 11-3, who earlier in the day had knocked out Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.). Final scores from the event are posted at www.usacurl.org. Mixed doubles will debut as an Olympic medal sport in 2018 in Py-


eongChang, South Korea. Eight countries will compete and the U.S. is well on its way to securing one of those berths based on last year’s third-place


t was the last gasp to qualify for the Mixed Dou- bles National Championship for six remaining teams that took the ice Jan. 29 at Curl Mesabi in


fi nish at the World Mixed Doubles Championship. South Korea, as host of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, earns an automatic berth and the other seven countries that will com- pete in mixed doubles are determined by accumulat- ing points at the 2016 and 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship events. T e American duo of Joe Polo and Tabitha Peterson secured 10 qualifi cation points for the United States in 2016. If the U.S. secures a berth in mixed doubles for


the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, an Olympic Tri- als will take place in December (dates and site to be announced). T e top fi ve teams from the 2017 Mixed Doubles National Championship will earn berths to compete in the Olympic Mixed Doubles Team Trials.


In addition, a minimum of three teams may qualify for the Trials via dis- cretionary selection to bring the Trials fi eld to a maximum of eight teams. Here is a look at the teams qualifi ed to compete at the 2017 USA Curling


Mixed Doubles National Championship, March 1-5: • Matt Hamilton and Becca Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.) • Courtney George (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.)


• Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.) and Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.) • Chris Plys and Aileen Geving (both of Duluth, Minn.) •


Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) and Tabitha Peterson (Minneapolis, Minn.)


• Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.)


• Jamie Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.)


• Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) • Maureen Stolt and Peter Stolt (both of Plymouth, Minn.) • Monica Walker and Jason Smith (both of St. Paul, Minn.) • Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) and Matt Birklid (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.)


• Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Jared Zezel (Hibbing, Minn.)


// UPCOMING COURSES, MEETINGS


U.S. Paralympic Curling Introductory Sport Camp


For Disabled Service Members & Veterans Denver, CO • April 19-21, 2017


The Nation’s Premier Paralympic Curling Camp


Free participation – Travel, lodging and meals are included


Camp is limited to 10 participants Registration closes March 1


Instruction by members of 2017 National Team & Staff


Contact: Marc DePerno,


marc.deperno@usacurl.org or 315-292-3520


MARCH 4 Level I Instructor Course, Norfolk Curling Club, Norfolk, Conn.


MARCH 25 Level II Instructor Course, St. Paul Curling Club, St. Paul, Minn.


Arena Ice Making Course, Diamond State Curling Club, Newark, Del.


MARCH 26 Arena Ice Making Course, Marlborough Curling Club, Marlborough, Mass.


APRIL 21-22 USCA Board of Directors meeting, location to be announced


A link to register for courses can be found at www.usacurl.org. Click on the calendar to learn more about the courses and register.


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