FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 7, 2013
2014 USA Curling Mixed Doubles Championship underway in Medford
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - With four draws left in the round robin, the playoff picture is not yet set at the 2014 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in Medford, Wis.
In this morning's Pool B action of the round robin at the Medford Curling Club, the defending champions' perfect record came to an end as Pete and Maureen Stolt of Plymouth, Minn., fell behind early to the team of Barry Ivy (San Francisco, Calif.) and Britt Rjanikov (Wayland, Mass.) but pulled within a point after six ends, 7-6. However, Ivy and Rjanikov scored singles in the final two ends to secure the 9-6 win and keep their playoff hopes alive. The win improves them to 3-2 while the Stolts drop to 4-1, which is tops in Pool B. The 3-2 record for Ivy and Rjanikov puts them in a four-way tie for second place.
Scott and Teri Olson of Wayland, Mass., improved to 3-2 as well with an extra-end win over Joyance MEechai (New York City) and Steve Gebauer (Minneapolis, Minn.), 9-6. Alan and Mary Gemmell (3-2) are the fourth team in playoff contention after defeating the Colorado duo of Darrick Kizlyk (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Dena Rosenberry (Manitou Springs, Colo.), 10-8. The Gemmells, parents of 2012 U.S. national champion Dean Gemmell (Short Hills, N.J.), never had the lead until they scored four points for the win in the final end of play.
Wisconsin's Daniel Schally and Sydney Schmus (both of Madison, Wis.), the youngest team in the field, picked up their first win of the tournament with an 11-7 defeat of Kim Roden (Eagen, Minn.) and Gary Mazzotta (Minneapolis, Minn.). Trailing 7-6 heading into the final end, Schally and Schmus ended the game with a five-ender.
The team of Sean Murray (Hartland, Wis.) and Emilia Juocys (Rochester Hills, Mich.) leads Pool A with a perfect 5-0 record. The teams from that group return to the ice at 11 a.m. CT. After the round robin concludes tonight, the top two teams from each pool will advance to the semifinals on Sunday. If needed, tiebreaker games will be played at 9 a.m. If not necessary, the semifinals will be held at 9 a.m. followed by the final at 12 p.m. The winning team will be nominated to represent the U.S. at the 2014 World Mixed Doubles Championship, which will take place April 22-29 in Dumfries, Scotland.
Game scores, Draw 10, 8 a.m. Saturday:
Stolt 030 111 00 - 6
Ivy 403 000 11 - 9
Meechai 010 222 000 - 7
Olson 103 000 212 - 9
Kizlyk 014 010 20 - 8
Gemmell 100 302 04 - 10
Roden 010 110 40 - 7
Schally 102 003 05 - 11
Standings, Pool A:
Murray (Wisconsin)-Juocys (Michigan) 5-0
Clark-Clark (Washington) 4-1
Vukich-Cornfield (Washington) 4-1
Doherty-Strojny (Minnesota) 2-3
Buresh-Wagner (North Dakota) 2-3
Wiza (Wisconsin)-Martin (Illinois) 2-3
Buchbinder-Rupp (New York) 1-4
Witzke-Witzke (Oklahoma) 0-5
Standings, Pool B:
Stolt-Stolt (Minnesota) 4-1
Gemmell-Gemmell (New Jersey) 3-2
Ivy (California)-Rjanikov (Massachusetts) 3-2
Olson-Olson (Massachusetts) 3-2
Meechai (New York)-Gebauer (Minnesota) 3-2
Kizlyk-Rosenberry (Colorado) 2-3
Schally-Schmus (Wisconsin) 1-4
Roden-Mazzotta (Minnesota) 1-4
The mixed doubles event debuted at the national and world level in 2008 and is being considered as a potential future Olympic medal sport, possibly as early as 2018. The U.S. has never won a medal at the world championship but the Clarks earned the U.S.'s top finish at the 2012 world event when they finished fourth.
Games for mixed doubles are eight ends in length. Unlike traditional curling, mixed doubles includes two players delivering five stones per end instead of eight for a four-person team. Two stationary stones are set up prior to the first rocks being thrown - one as a center guard and one on the button. One player throws the first and fifth stones while their partner throws the three rocks in between. Athletes can either get up and sweep their own stone or have the player in the house come out and sweep the stone.
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