Four teams tied for first place at 2009 US Mixed ChampionshipMEDFORD, Wis. - Derek Surka's Connecticut-based team won its third straight game to move into a four-way tie for first place Monday night at the 2009 U.S. Mixed National Championship at the four-sheet Medford Curling Club.
Surka, playing in his fifth U.S. Mixed championship, led his team of wife Charrissa Lin (New Haven, Conn.), Sean Murray (Edgewood, Md.) and Rachel Sethi (Falls Church, Md.) to an 8-7 win over North Dakota I's Al Gulseth rink from the Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club.
Tied with the Connecticut rink are teams skipped by Fred Maxie of Arizona, Ryan Lemke of Wisconsin and Brady Clark of Washington, who's won the mixed title five times in the past seven years.
Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) and teammates Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Philip Tilker (Seattle) and Beverly Walter (Seattle) knocked off Robb Borland's Ohio rink 10-4. The Clarks will represent the U.S. at the 2009 World Mixed Doubles Championship next month in Cortina, Italy.
Maryland's Scott Edie rink picked up its first win of the tournament with a 9-7 defeat of Russ Armstrong's team from Illinois.
Action continues Tuesday with draws at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Live scoring from the event can be found at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks.
Arizona (Maxie) 3-1
Connecticut (Surka) 3-1
Washington (Clark) 3-1
Wisconsin (Lemke) 3-1
Minnesota (Stolt) 2-1
Maryland (Edie) 1-2
North Dakota II (Buresh) 1-2
Ohio (Borland) 1-2
Illinois (Armstrong) 1-3
North Dakota I (Gulseth) 0-4