FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 6, 2013
 
2013 National Championships begin Saturday in Green Bay
 
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Twenty of the nation’s best curling teams will take to the ice Saturday as the 2013 USA Curling National Championships presented by Brooms Up Curling Supplies takes center stage at the Resch Olympic Ice Pavilion at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center in Green Bay, Wis.
 
The weeklong competition kicks off with the opening ceremony at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday followed by the first round of games at 4:30 p.m. with women’s curling. The men take the ice at 8:30 p.m. Teams will compete in a nine-game round robin in their respective divisions, followed by the Page playoffs starting on Feb. 14.
 
At stake for the two teams who win the championships on Feb. 16 is the right to represent the United States at the upcoming world championships. The 2013 Women’s World Championship will take place March 16-24 in Riga, Latvia, while the 2013 Ford World Men’s Championship will be contested March 30-April 7 in Victoria, British Columbia.
 
In addition to representing the U.S. at the world championships, the winning teams will be qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling, Nov. 10-17 in Fargo, N.D.  (See Trials qualification information at the bottom of the release.)
 
The defending champions are the Allison Pottinger and Heath McCormick rinks. Both teams were members of Team North America, which won the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup last month in Canada. The field features nine skips who have won the national championship previously. Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) leads the way on the men’s side with seven national titles, five as skip. On the women’s side, Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) has captured 10 national titles, with last year marking the first year she won as skip. The 2013 Nationals also marks the 19th straight year that 2002 Olympian Ann Swisshelm (Chicago), lead for Team Erika Brown, has competed in the Nationals.
 
Live webstream of the action will be featured throughout the event from USA Curling partner, the 12th End Sports Network. To view the webstream schedule, go to http://www.tesn.us/2013-usa-curling-mens-and-womens-national-championship.html.
 
NBC Sports Network will air 12 hours of live curling action. On Friday, Feb. 15, Universal Sports will air both the women’s semifinal and the men’s semifinal games live. The women’ game is set for 3 p.m. ET with the men's game following at 9 p.m. ET. On Saturday, Feb. 16, the championship finals will be staged. NBC Sports Network will air the women’s gold-medal match at 10 a.m. ET followed by the men’s gold-medal final at 4 p.m. ET. The last time curling was aired live nationally on TV in the United States was during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on NBC’s networks.
 
In addition, live scoring and stats will be featured courtesy of USA Curling partner CurlingZone. Look for the information in the scoreboard at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks.
 
A media kit with athlete information and the event schedule can be downloaded in PDF format here:  http://www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks//images//2013nats_media.pdf.
 
To request media credentials for the 2013 National Championships, download a form here: http://www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks//images//media%20accreditation.pdf.
 
Here is a look at the competing field and their hometowns:
 
Men:
Team Birr: Todd Birr (Mankato, Minn.), Doug Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Greg Romaniuk (Snohomish, Wash.), Tom O’Connor (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kevin Birr (St. Peter, Minn.)
 
Team Brown: Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.), Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Jon Brunt (Portage, Wis.)
 
Team Clark: Brady Clark (Seattle), Sean Beighton (Seattle), Darren Lehto (Seattle), Steve Lundeen (Seattle)
 
Team Farbelow: Mike Farbelow (Minneapolis, Minn.), Kevin Deeren (Chicago), Kraig Deeren (DeForest, Wis.), Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio)
 
Team Fenson: Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.), Ryan Brunt (Bemidji, Minn.)
 
Team George: Tyler George (Proctor, Minn.), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Rich Ruohonen (Minneapolis, Minn.), Colin Hufman (Seattle)
 
Team Lemke: Ryan Lemke (Medford, Wis.), Nate Gebert (Milwaukee, Wis.), John Lilla (Trempealeau, Wis.), Casey Konopacky (Stevens Point, Wis.)
 
Team McCormick: Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario), Bill Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Martin Sather (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.), Dean Gemmell (Short Hills, N.J.), Matt Hames (Hamilton, N.Y.)
 
Team Persinger: Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Nick Myers (Mansfield, Texas), Sean Murray (Watertown, Wis.), Tim Gartner (St. Paul, Minn.)
 
Team Shuster: John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.), Jared Zezel (Duluth, Minn.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.)
 
Women:
Team Anderson: Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Courtney Slata (Aston, Pa.), Kathleen Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Leilani Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.)
 
Team Brown: Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), Debbie McCormick (Rio, Wis.), Jessica Schultz (Minneapolis, Minn.), Ann Swisshelm (Chicago)
 
Team Carlson: Alexandra Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.), Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.), Kendall Behm (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jordan Moulton (Minneapolis, Minn.)
 
Team Clark: Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Patti Killins (Seattle), Christina Pastula (Seattle), Christie Wilhelmy (Seattle)
 
Team George: Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Sormunen (Duluth, Minn.), Amanda McLean (Duluth, Minn.), Julie Lilla (Trempealeau, Wis.), Amy Wright (Duluth, Minn.)
 
Team Hamilton: Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Molly Bonner (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.)
 
Team Kinney: Shelly Kinney (Champlin, Minn.), Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.), Theresa Hoffoss (Minneapolis, Minn.), Julie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.), Megan Delaney (Minneapolis, Minn.)
 
Team Lank: Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.)
 
Team Pottinger: Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.)
 
Team Roessler: Laura Roessler (Trempealeau, Wis.), Jamie Haskell (Bemidji, Minn.), Jackie Lemke (Medford, Wis.), Stephanie Sambor (Minot, N.D.), Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.; Sitting out due to pregnancy)
 
2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials qualification information:
 
Men’s field – maximum field of 5 teams:
·         Team Heath McCormick, 2012 national champions (qualified)
·         Team Pete Fenson, 2012 national championship runner-up (qualified)
·         Top two teams from 2013 national championships
·         If results of the 2012 and 2013 Nationals only creates two qualified teams (i.e., the same teams are first and second place), USA Curling’s High Performance Program Selection Committee will select two teams to compete, taking the number to four.
·         If there are three direct qualifiers via the 2012 and 2013 Nationals (if one team has placed in the top two in both 2012 and 2013), the HPP Selection Committee will select one team to compete in the Trials, bringing the total number to four.
·         If there are four direct qualifiers via the 2012 and 2013 Nationals, the HPP Selection Committee will select one team to compete in the Trials, taking the total number to five.
·         Teams qualified for the Trials must have a minimum of 3 of 4 or 4 of 5 original team members to be eligible to compete.
 
Women - maximum field of four teams:
·         Team Allison Pottinger, 2012 national champions (qualified)
·         Team Cassie Potter, 2012 national championship runner-up (qualified)
·         The first-place team from the 2013 Nationals will qualify for the Trials. If the first-place team has already qualified via the 2012 Nationals, the second-place team in 2013 will qualify for the Trials.
·         If there is no direct qualifier via the 2013 Nationals (if the same two teams place in the top two in both 2012 and 2013), the HPP Selection Committee would select two teams to bring the total to four.
·         If there are three direct qualifiers, one team will be selected to compete in the Trials by the HPP Selection Committee. Strong consideration will be given to athlete and/or team successs at world championships, Order of Merit, World Curling Tour events and Nationals over the previous three years (2011, 2012, 2013). 
·         Teams qualified for the Trials must have a minimum of 3 of 4 or 4 of 5 original team members to be eligible to compete.
 
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery and is partnered with Ludus Tours, CurlingZone, and RJM Licensing, Inc.
 
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).