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Seattle team gaining momentum at 2010 US Olympic Team Trials

Feb. 24, 2009, 3:50 p.m. (ET)
BROOMFIELD, Colo. (Feb. 23, 2009) - Most people don't enjoy Mondays but Cristin Clark may beg to differ as she led her team to two victories today at the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Broomfield Event Center.

Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) is a busy curler. In April she'll represent the U.S. at the 2009 World Mixed Doubles with husband Brady Clark, who also just happens to be her coach here at the Olympic Trials and a competitor himself as second on Team Johnson. After their 10 days in Broomfield, the Clarks will head to Medford, Wis., in March to try to win their sixth U.S. Mixed National Championship.

After three straight losses, the Clark rink got on track this morning and carried that momentum through to the afternoon draw. Along with teammates Sharon Vukich (Seattle), Emily Good (Seattle) and Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.), Clark improved to 2-3 in the round robin standings with a 7-6 win over Gillian Gervais. In the 10th end, Gervais slid through the house drawing for the win.

"We're getting adjusted to the ice now," Clark said. "When we lost those two off the bat, the team really stayed positive and that helped."

Debbie McCormick's team improved to 5-0 with a 6-5 win over Amy Wright's rink. The teams exchanged singles throughout the first half of the match but McCormick's team got a pivotal steal in the seventh end when Wright's takeout attempt couldn't jiggle the mound of stones around the four-foot enough. After an exchange of deuces, Wright wasn't able to make a takeout to score two and tie the game.

"It wasn't our sharpest game, but we hung in there and were patient," said Natalie Nicholson, lead for Team McCormick.

Patti Lank upped her record to 4-1 with an 8-3 win over Charrissa Lin. Cassie Potter shrugged off her earlier loss to improve to 3-2 after defeating Erika Brown, 9-7. Potter (Minneapolis) and teammates Jamie Haskell (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Laura Roessler (Trempealeau, Wis.) and Jackie Lemke (Medford, Wis.) held an early advantage over Brown until the fourth end when the two-time Olympian struck for three points. Pottter would answer with three of her own in the following end to re-gain the lead.

Brown started to garner momentum after stealing a single in the seventh but Potter made a draw for two in the eighth end guided by strong sweeping from her other three teammates. She'd then make a perfect draw in the 10th end that wedged next to a Brown stone hanging off the four-foot. Brown would miss the takeout, giving Potter the win.

Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.) also posted a win this afternoon - 8-4 over Norma O'Leary. Playing for the third straight game without Maureen Brunt, the Sormunen rink finally got another notch in the win column by stealing the final two ends.

Live scoring from the event will be available at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks in the scoreboard.

Scores:
Lank 8, Lin 3; McCormick 6, Wright 5; Clark 7, Gervais 6; Potter 9, Brown 7; Sormunen 8, O'Leary 4

STANDINGS

Women
McCormick 5-0
Lank 4-1
Brown 3-2
Potter 3-2
Wright 3-2
Clark 2-3
O'Leary 2-3
Sormunen 2-3
Gervais 1-4
Lin 0-5

Men
Birr 4-0
Farbelow 3-1
George 3-1
Disher 2-2
Brown 2-2
Shuster 2-2
Deeren 1-3
Johnson 1-3
Plys 1-3
Romaniuk 1-3

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