(BROOMFIELD, Colo.) - With a crowd of around 350 fans watching Sunday afternoon, Erika Brown and Debbie McCormick took command of first place by posting wins in the round robin action at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Broomfield Event Center.
Brown's team used multiple steals to defeat Amy Wright, 9-5, while McCormick's defending champions got the better of North Dakota's Gillian Gervais team, 9-5.
Shrugging off an earlier loss, 2006 Olympian Cassie Potter (Minneapolis) outlasted Charrissa Lin's team, 10-5. Potter and teammates Jamie Haskell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Laura Roessler (Trempealeau, Wis.) and Jackie Lemke (Medford, Wis.) picked up steals in the first three ends to jump to a 6-0 lead.
"Earlier today, we couldn't put eight (stones) together in an end," Roessler said. "We all made really nice shots, but not in one end. It really felt nice for us to all play well together. This could be the turning point."
Lin (New Haven, Conn.) earned deuces in the fourth and sixth ends coupled with a steal in the seventh to make a game of it. Potter's team, however, would continue to shoot well, to earn the game's final three points and the win.
"We're finally firing on all cylinders," Roessler said. "It makes it easier for Cassie to call her game when we're making our shots."
Patti Lank once again went right down to the last stone in the 10th end but this time she had a better result than this morning's draw to improve to 2-1. Playing Aileen Sormunen's team, Lank removed two Sormunen stones frozen side by side in the four foot to avoid the steal and pick up an 8-6 win. Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) and teammates Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago) and Chrissy Haase (Schenectady, N.Y.) controlled most of the match against Sormunen, who was playing without 2006 Olympian Maureen Brunt (Minneapolis) due to illness. 2009 junior champion Sophie Brorson stepped in for Brunt at the lead position along with teammates Molly Bonner (Virginia, Minn.) and Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis). They fell behind early, giving up steals in the first three ends before posting a single in the fourth end. Sormunen trailed Lank until the final stone of the seventh end when Lank drew the back of the 12 foot, which resulted in a steal of three.
Norma O'Leary's team also improved to 2-1 with a 7-3 defeat of Cristin Clark of Seattle. Clark's team struggled with rock position and didn't get on the scoreboard until seventh end with a deuce.
"We just couldn't get it going," Clark said. "It seemed like we'd be off an inch here or there with most of the shots. There's always tomorrow."
The women's action continues at 9 a.m. Monday.
Live scoring from the event will be available at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks in the scoreboard.
Scores: McCormick 9, Gervais 5; Potter 10, Lin 5; O'Leary 7, Clark 3; Brown 9, Wright 5;
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