Defending champions continue to roll at 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials(BROOMFIELD, Colo.) - Defending champion Debbie McCormick is sitting in a familiar spot - alone at the top - after this morning's action at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Broomfield Event Center.
McCormick (Rio, Wis.) and teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Madison, Wis.) and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) improved to 4-0 after defeating Norma O'Leary's team 6-4. The team has won the past three national championships with their best finish at the world championships in that span coming in 2006 when they won silver.
Amy Wright (Duluth, Minn.) and Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) both picked up big wins today as well to keep pace with McCormick's team. Wright's team took down 2006 Olympian Cassie Potter, 10-6, when Potter came up short trying to draw in for a single point in the 10th end to tie the game and force an extra end.
Meanwhile, Lank got past former teammate Erika Brown, 9-6. The veteran skip Lank made many tough shots to earn the win including a soft takeout for two points in the fourth where she probably could only see about 2 inches of the stone.
"We've worked hard on our communication, and I think that's really helping us," said Lank's vice skip Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.).
The Gillian Gervais team picked up its first win when Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.) couldn't score a point in the extra end. Gervais (Eagan, Minn.) and teammates Sarah Lehman (Bemidji, Minn.), Stephanie Jensen (Bismarck, N.D.) and Sarah Felchle (Bismarck, N.D.) scored a single in the 10th end to force the extra end. Sormunen had a shot for the win but wasn't able to convert.
"It's nice to have the first win, but it's not as meaningful when you win on someone's missed shot," Lehman said. "We're not playing great. We've all had our share of good shots but we haven't all been on our shots at the same time and that's the difference."
"We haven't been struggling with the ice. We got our jitters out and just need to be more focused," Gervais said.
Cristin Clark's Seattle team battled back to earn their first win as they defeated Charrissa Lin, 8-7, in an extra end. The teams went back and forth with Lin taking a 4-2 lead in the third end when Clark wrecked on a guard with her first stone giving Lin a chance to set up a four-ender. Clark was then forced to draw for one in the next end but turned up the heat in the later ends to secure the win.
Live scoring from the event will be available at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks in the scoreboard.
Scores: Wright 10, Potter 6; Clark 8, Lin 7 (extra end); McCormick 6, O'Leary 4; Gervais 7, Sormunen 5; Lank 9, Brown 6
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