McCormick rink has perfect opening day at Olympic Trials

By Terry L. Davis | Nov. 12, 2017, 12:25 a.m. (ET)

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Nov. 11, 2017

McCormick rink has perfect day at 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling

(OMAHA, Neb.) – Heath McCormick led his team to a perfect opening day at Baxter Arena as the round robin continued tonight at the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling.

McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario) and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), and Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.) defeated Brady Clark’s team, 8-5, to improve to 2-0. The five men’s teams are playing a double round robin to determine the two finalists.

McCormick’s team took the lead early on and never let up as the Clark team chased points on the scoreboard. The loss dropped the Seattle-based team to 0-2 in the standings. In the other men’s game tonight, 2014 Olympian Craig Brown helped his team even its record to 1-1 with an 8-4 victory over Todd Birr’s team.

The first round of women’s action got underway tonight as Jamie Sinclair’s team came out on the winning end in a battle against Nina Roth’s team. Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) put three points on the scoreboard in the opening end and held on for a 9-8 victory.

“We like to start out strong and tonight we did that by getting two great shots in the shootout to grab the hammer. We got a nice three to start out and that just set us up for the rest of the game,” Carlson said. “It’s really nice to get a ‘W’ under our belts. We have a lot of games yet to go, but it’s definitely a good start for us.”

The three women’s teams are playing a triple round robin and will be back in action on Sunday with draws at 1 and 7 p.m.

Draw 2 scores: Heath McCormick 8, Brady Clark 5; Brown 8, Birr 4; Sinclair 9, Roth 8

 

Men’s Standings (double round robin):

Heath McCormick           2-0

John Shuster                    1-0

Craig Brown                     1-1

Todd Birr                          0-1

Brady Clark                       0-2

 

Women’s Standings (triple round robin):

Jamie Sinclair                   1-0

Cory Christensen            0-0

Nina Roth                         0-1      

The round robin continues through Wednesday night. If needed, tiebreakers will take place on Thursday morning. The playoffs, a best two-out-of-three series, will begin on Friday and continue through Saturday night, if needed.

 

A link to the live webstream of the round robin can be found at www.NBCSports.com. Game scores will be posted online after each draw at www.usacurl.org. Standings and stats also will be available.

 

USA Curling is hosting the event with Baxter Arena and the Omaha Sports Commission, in partnership with the Aksarben Curling Club and the United States Olympic Committee. The men’s and women’s teams that win the Trials will be named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).