This fall we are introducing a new web series focused on getting to know some of the athletes in USA Curling’s Junior High Performance Program as we build toward Beijing 2022 and beyond. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Team Chase Sinnett:
Chase Sinnett, skip, 20, hails from Medfield, Mass., and is a sophomore at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., where he is majoring in English with a minor in creative writing and economics.
Curing superstitions: “I have to throw the #5 & 6 rocks, if possible. There’s no real reason besides just a habit.”
Greatest on-ice moment: Making a hit for five to win the bronze medal at the 2017 U18 National Championships.
Favorite club: Broomstones (Wayland, Mass.), his home club
Person who has influenced his curling career the most: “My dad. He introduced me to the sport, kept me practicing and trying my best to improve, and was my coach for 5 years. He’s the reason I’m where I’m at today. “
Celebrity he’d like to have join Team Sinnett: Tom Holland
Favorite off-ice workout: Rowing machine
Favorite meal: Cheeseburger and an iced tea
Trevor Marquardt, vice skip, 19, is from Poynette, Wis., and is a student at the University of Minnesota where he is studying finance. He hopes to have a career in asset/wealth management or financial analytics after graduation.
Greatest on ice moment: Winning the 2017 U18 National Championships
Biggest curling influence: “My dad has been my biggest influence in my curling career by far, by always being there to support me and being my main mentor growing up. He has many achievements that motivate me, but most importantly I know that he is proud of me no matter what.
Favorite curling club: Poynette CC, his home club
Celebrity he’d like to have join Team Sinnett: “Of course, I must fulfill my duty as a Packer fan and pick Aaron Rodgers to come curl on the team – he’s a role model and exceptionally talented.”
Favorite off-ice workout: Hiking, lifting
Favorite meal: “Probably broiled haddock with corn fritters and fries, a Cimmarolis special in Portage, WI.”
Jon Harstad, second, 19, is from Duluth, Minn., and a student at Lake Superior College studying accounting. He hopes to become a CPA after graduation.
Greatest on-ice moment: “Waving to the crowd during game introductions of my appearance at the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships (vs Norway).”
Curling superstitions: “Whatever my favorite song is going into that weekend is the last song I listen to during warmups/stretching pregame for every game we play in that event.”
Biggest curling influence: “My aunt, Patti Luke, as she was the one that introduced curling into my life and would bring me to the club whenever I wanted.”
Favorite curling club: Broomstones
Favorite off-ice workout: Tricep cable pushdowns or tricep overhead cable extensions
Favorite food: Stir fry
Eli Clawson, 18, is the team’s lead and he hails from Clarksville, Md. Eli’s older brothers (Hunter and Caleb) also have been members of the HPP so he comes from a successful curling family!
Team USA bio: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/athletes/Eli-Clawson
The team is coached by Keith Dropkin of Southborough, Mass., who has a long history of coaching youth teams. Learn more about Team Sinnett by visiting the team’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teamsinnett/ and following them on Instagram (@teamsinnett).
2018-19 Competition Schedule & Results:
|Aug. 13-18||Training Camp||Colorado Springs, Colo.|
|Sept. 7-9||Team Camp||Blaine, Minn.|
|Sept. 14-16||Stu Sells Junior Tankard||Toronto, Ontario||7-0, champion|
|Oct. 5-7||St. Paul Cashspiel||St. Paul, Minn.||4-1, quarterfinals|
|Oct. 12-14||Crystal Slam||Gatineau, Quebec||6-1, champion|
|Nov. 2-4||KW Junior Classic||Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario||5-3, runner-up|
|Nov. 15-18||Sun Life Junior Challenge||Brandon, Manitoba|
|Jan. 2-6||Men's Nationals Challenge Round||Blaine, Minn.|
|Jan. 13-19||Junior National Championships||Two Harbors, Minn.|