Smith rink captures 2018 Senior Women's National title

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 28, 2018, 6:44 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 28, 2018

 

Smith rink wins 2018 Senior Women’s National Championship title

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Margie Smith will lead Team USA for the fourth time at the World Senior Championships after winning the women’s title today at the 2018 USA Curling Senior National Championships at the Duluth Curling Club.

 

Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), Peggy Gazzola (Apple Valley, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) defeated the defending champion Patti Lank, 6-5, in an extra end today to finish the competition with a perfect 8-0 record.

 

Smith’s team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three ends but had to work hard to hold off Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.) and her team of Tracy Lawless (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Kathy Pielage (Verona, Wis.), and Kristin Smith (Milwaukee, Wis.) as they stole the final two ends to force the extra end. Team Smith was able to score the necessary point in the ninth to secure the ladies title.

 

Team Smith will now represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Senior Championships April 21-28 in Ostersund, Sweden. The men’s final will take place at 7 tonight featuring Mark Olson’s Wisconsin rink taking on Jeff Wright’s Illinois squad. In this afternoon’s semifinals, Olson (Milton, Wis.) and teammates Paul Rudkin (Janesville, Wis.), Jeff Schuchardt (Windsor, Wis.), and Tony Jacobson (Janesville, Wis.) took an early 4-0 lead after a big steal in the second end and held on to defeat Ross Litman’s Duluth rink, 8-6. Wright, who won the senior title in 2014, eliminated the other hometown team – Duluth’s Phil DeVore rink – by a 7-5 score. A link to tonight’s webstream for the men’s final can be found at www.usacurl.org.

 

This will be the fourth World Seniors appearance for Smith and Dexter and third for Kosal, who won a bronze medal together in 2014 at the world championship in Scotland. This is the first senior title for Gazzola.

 

Women’s final, line score:

*Margie Smith   211 010 00 1 – 6

Patti Lank           000 101 12 0 – 5

*last rock in first end

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Cheetos, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, ISS Ice, Sports & Solar, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

 

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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).