Christensen rink moves on to final at 2018 Nationals in Fargo

By Terry L. Davis | March 09, 2018, 7:24 p.m. (ET)

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March 9, 2018

 

Christensen rink moves on to final at 2018 National Championships

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Cory Christensen’s team will make its first appearance in the women’s championship final after defeating Cora Farrell’s rink, 6-3, this afternoon in the semifinal of the USA Curling National Championships at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D.

 

Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and her team of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) will take on undefeated Jamie Sinclair’s team in the championship final on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT. Watch the game live at http://go.teamusa.org/2FVAE0Y.

 

“I think all together that was our best game this week. It’s great timing for it,” said Christensen, who was the alternate for the women’s Olympic curling team last month. “We had great energy right off the bat. The girls were judging rocks well and throwing them well. We just felt really confident with the ice and the rocks we were throwing and feel really good going into tomorrow.”

 

Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska) and her team of Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.), Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.), and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) could not shake off a slow start in which Christensen’s team had a 5-0 lead after six ends. Team Farrell would get on the scoreboard with a deuce in the seventh end and stole a point in the eighth when Christensen’s team could not convert a runback to remove the Farrell stone to score. Christensen’s team scored a single in the ninth end to wrap up the victory and move on to the final.

 

“We love that we could improve on our finish last year. To earn a medal at our second Women’s Nationals is an accomplishment for us,” said Farrell, whose team takes home the bronze medals after a fourth-place finish last year. “The experience is very helpful, and we are young. The whole team has at least one year left in juniors. In our next junior nationals and women’s nationals, we will benefit from this experience.”

 

Sinclair’s team won the National Championship title last year in Everett, Wash., and went 7-0 in the round robin to earn a direct berth in this year’s gold-medal game. The winning team will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Women’s Championship March 17-25 in North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

 

“I think just keep the momentum going that we had today. Come out confident tomorrow ready to play,” Christensen said about the upcoming game.

 

The 2019 National Championships will take place Feb. 9-16 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

 

Line score, women’s semifinal:

*Cora Farrell                    000 000 210 x – 3

Cory Christensen            100 202 001 x – 6

*last rock in first end

 

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