With victories in Saturday’s finals at the 2018 USA Curling National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, Team Jamie Sinclair and Team Greg Persinger clinched their spots at the sport’s two upcoming world championships.
Sinclair won her second consecutive national title. Her team, which includes Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger and Monica Walker, went 7-0 in the round robin to advance directly to the championship match. They defeated Team Cory Christensen, 6-5, in the final.
Team Sinclair will represent the U.S. at the women’s world championships in North Bay, Ontario, beginning March 17. Sinclair was runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Greg Persinger, Vicky’s cousin, won the national championship for the second time in three years. His only other world championship experience was 2013, when he finished ninth. His team includes Rich Ruohonen, Colin Hufman and Phil Tilker. They defeated Team Heath McCormick, 6-5, in the championship match after taking a one-point lead with the hammer into the 10th end. McCormick was going for his second national championship and first since 2012. McCormick finished second at Olympic Trials in November.
The U.S. is hosting the men’s world championships in Las Vegas this year at the 8,000-seat Orleans Arena beginning on March 31. This is the eighth time that USA Curling has hosted the world championships and the first since 2008 when the event was in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ruohonen competed at that event, finishing seventh with Team Craig Brown.
Neither the men’s nor women’s 2018 Olympic teams took part in the national championship competition.