For Immediate Release
Jan. 20, 2018
Playoffs nearly set at 2018 Mixed Doubles Championship in Eau Claire
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – One more draw will be played today to determine the eight playoff teamsof the 2018 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship in Eau Claire, Wis.
The round robin came to a close this morning with three tiebreaker games needed to be played to determine the quarterfinalists at the Eau Claire Curling Club.
The top two teams in each of the four pools secure playoff spots. In Pool A, Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and Audrey Foote (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and Blake Hagberg (New Hartford, N.Y.) finished with identical 4-1 records to reach the playoffs. In Pool B, Jessica Schultz (Richfield, Minn.) and Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) finished 5-0 while Lexi Lanigan and Quinn Evenson (both of Duluth, Minn.) were 4-1 to qualify.
In Pool C, Maureen Stolt and Pete Stolt (both of Plymouth, Minn.), the 2013 champions, finished with a perfect 4-0 record. Two teams ended up tied for the second playoff spot and played in a tiebreaker today at noon. Clare Moores (Denver) and Lance Wheeler (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) defeated Logan Tingley (Celina, Ohio) and Ryan O’Neil (Columbus, Ohio), 8-1, to advance to tonight’s playoffs.
In Pool D, Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.) and Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) finished 4-0 to secure the top spot. Three teams were tied for the second spot so two rounds of tiebreaker games will be played to determine the final playoff team. Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Hunter Clawson would go on to defeat Harley Rohrbacher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Guy Davis (Austin, Texas), 12-0, and will now take on Kim Rhyme (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Jason Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) at 4 today with the winners advancing. The quarterfinals will begin at 8 tonight.
The winning team will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 21-28 in Ostersund, Sweden. Live scores, standings and athlete information will be posted at www.usacurl.org.
Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) 4-1Q
Audrey Foote (Whitesboro, N.Y.) & Blake Hagberg (New Hartford, N.Y.) 4-1Q
Stephanie Larson (Rosamond, Calif.) & Fred Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 3-2
Jenna Burchesky (Eau Claire, Wis.) & Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.) 3-2
Kelsey Ostrowski (Woodbury, Minn.) & Gary Mazzotta (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1-4
Larissa Unruh & Samuel Unruh (both of Bismarck, N.D.) 0-5
Jessica Schultz (Richfield, Minn.) & Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.) 5-0Q
Lexi Lanigan & Quinn Evenson (both of Duluth, Minn.) 4-1Q
Ann Podoll (Fargo, N.D.) & Nathan Parry (Littleton, Colo.) 2-3
Rebecca Rodgers (Leyden, Mass.) & Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.) 2-3
Regan Birr & Todd Birr (both of Ham Lake, Minn.) 1-4
Toni Paisley (Onalaska, Wis.) & Seth King (Holmen, Wis.) 1-4
Maureen Stolt & Pete Stolt (both of Plymouth, Minn.) 4-0Q
Clare Moores (Denver) & Lance Wheeler (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) 2-2Q
Logan Tingley (Celina, Ohio) & Ryan O’Neil (Columbus, Ohio) 2-2
Libby Brundage (Prospect Harbor, Maine) & Alex Leichter (Boston) 1-3
Emmalee Nichols & Greg Johnson (both of Appleton, Wis.) 1-3
Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.) & Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) 4-0Q
Kim Rhyme (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Jason Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) 2-2TB
Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) & Hunter Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) 2-2TB
Harley Rohrbacher (Pittsburgh, Pa.) & Guy Davis (Austin, Texas) 2-2
Kirstin McKeown (Robbinsdale, Minn.) & Gabriel Nickel (Saint Croix Falls, Wis.) 0-4
Q=Qualified for quarterfinals
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