North Dakota and Michigan lead 2018 Mixed Championship

By Terry L. Davis | March 27, 2018, 9:56 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2018

 

Michigan, North Dakota teams lead 2018 Mixed National Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Teams from North Dakota and Michigan are the current front runners after six draws of action at the 2018 USA Curling Mixed National Championship at the Dakota Curling Club in Lakeville, Minn.

 

Evan Workin (Fargo, N.D.) and his Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club teammates Rachel Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Jordan Brown (Elk River, Minn.), and Christina Lammers (Reiles Acres, N.D.) secured two wins on Monday to improve to 3-1 in the nine-game round robin. Workin’s team won both games by 6-4 scores on Monday as they took down Arizona’s Bob LeClair rink in the afternoon session and followed up with a victory over Michael Sherry’s Chicago Curling Club team.

 

Sean Murray’s Michigan rink has been the leader of the pack since day one but suffered its first loss yesterday when Kevin Johnson’s team from the St. Paul Curling Club earned a 6-5 win in an extra end. Murray and his team of Emilia Juocys (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), and Stephanie Senneker (Perry, Mich.) are currently 4-1 in the standings as they collected a 4-2 win earlier in the day over Caitlin Maroldo’s Rochester (N.Y.) Curling Club team.

 

Five teams are tied for third place, including Johnson’s Minnesota rink. Johnson and his team of Lysa Johnson and Brian Agre (all of St. Paul, Minn.) have been playing three-handed while waiting for teammate Alex Carlson’s return from the World Women’s Championship, where she helped the Americans turn in a fourth-place showing in North Bay, Ontario.

 

Washington’s Fred Maxie rink, the 2016 champions, have now won two games in a row after an 0-2 start to the championship. Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and teammates Em Good (Seattle), Mac Guy (Seattle), and Fran Walsh (Burien, Wash.) scored a single in an extra end to defeat Maroldo’s New York rink in their lone game yesterday.

 

The round robin continues with draws today at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. CT. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs on Friday night. Live scores and a live webstream are posted at www.usacurl.org. The winning team will represent the U.S. at the upcoming World Mixed Championship.

 

Game scores, 2 p.m. Monday: North Dakota 6, Arizona 4; Illinois 9, Wisconsin 5; Pennsylvania 5; Colorado 4; Michigan 4, New York 2

 

Game scores, 7 p.m. Monday: Minnesota 6, Michigan 5 (extra end); Washington 5, New York 4; Arizona 6, Illinois 5; North Dakota 6, Illinois 4

 

Standings:

Michigan (Sean Murray)              4-1

North Dakota (Evan Workin)       3-1

Minnesota (Kevin Johnson)         2-2

New York (Caitlin Maroldo)         2-2

Pennsylvania (Emily Anderson)  2-2

Washington (Fred Maxie)            2-2

Wisconsin (Ryan Spielman)         2-2

Arizona (Bob LeClair)                    2-3

Illinois (Michael Sherry)               2-3

Colorado (Darrick Kizlyk)              1-4

 

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).