CURLING: East Coast regional championships begin Thursday in Bridgeport, Conn.

Jan. 16, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2008 Grand National club playoffs begin Thursday in Bridgeport, Conn. (STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The Grand National region will host its 2008 club playdowns at the Nutmeg Curling Club in Bridgeport, Conn., beginning Thursday at noon ET. The winning teams will represent the GNCC region at the 2008 U.S. Club National Championships in Mankato, Minn., March 1-8. The U.S. Club Nationals, now in its fourth year, does not lead to the World Championships, rather rewards the top men's and women's club/league teams in the U.S. One men's team and two women's team will qualify for the upcoming Club Nationals from this event. The action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET at the three-sheet curling club located. Go to for live scores and directions to the club. Here is a look at the competing teams: Men's field: Team Smith (Nutmeg Curling Club): Terence Smith (Fairfield, Conn.), James Meinhold (Wilton, Conn.), Edward Tucker (Stamford, Conn.), Joel Leneker (Monroe, Conn.) Team Brooks (Schenectady Curling Club): Tim Brooks (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Dion Warr (Burnt Hills, N.Y.), David Hooper (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Charlie Brown (Selkirk, N.Y.) Team Durrant (Plainfield Curling Club): David Durrant (Glen Gardner, N.J.), Jason Valetutto (South Amboy, N.J.), Mike Mraz (Plainsboro, N.J.), Brady Gould (Piscataway, N.J.) Team Hannon (Nutmeg Curling Club): Jeff Hannon (Norwalk, Conn.), Derek Surka (New Haven, Conn.), Robert Riehl (Cheshire, Conn.), Angelo Marasciulo (Darien, Conn.) Team Lesuk (Ardsley Curling Club): Jeffrey Lesuk (Ossining, N.Y.), Scott Silverman (Tuckahoe, N.Y.), Jeff Paul (Irvington, N.Y.), William Pekowitz (Ossining, N.Y.) Team Faircloth (Potomac Curling Club): Chris Faircloth (Catonsville, Md.), Michael Fry (Wheaton, Md.), Ron Aubin (Columbia, Md.), Michael Campbell (Catonsville, Md.) Team Galebach (Potomac Curling Club): Brian Galebach (Columbia, Md.), Bill MacDonald (Fairfax, Va.), Barry Nichols (Pasadena, Md.), David Baxter (Arlington, Va.), Jerry Berkow (Laurel, Md.) Team Sethi (Potomac Curling Club): Jason Sethi (Falls Church, Va.), Brian Dauerheim (Vienna, Va.), Jeremy Vandenhouten (Washington, D.C.), Sean Murray (Edgewood, Md.) Women's field: Team Meechai (Ardsley Curling Club): Joyance Meechai (New York, N.Y.), Pauline Davies (Irvington, N.Y.), Sandra Gafner (White Plains, N.Y.), Lisabeth Sugahara (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.) Team Morley (Nutmeg Curling Club): Katheryn Morley (New Canaan, Conn.), Phelicia Howland (Madison, Conn.), Naida Leslie (New Canaan, Conn.), Karen Shane (New Canaan, Conn.) Team Drummie (Potomac Curling Club): Ann Drummie (Washington, D.C.), Joan Twigg (Severna Park, Md.), Rachel Treesh (Silver Spring, Md.), Rachel Beyerle (Alexandria, Va.) USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T, General Motors, The Home Depot, and Bank of America through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).