FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 22, 2019
Field set for 2020 Mixed Doubles National Championship in Bemidji
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The Bemidji Curling Club will host the top 12 duos in the nation for the 2020 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship. The final three qualifiers were determined this weekend as the Portage Curling Club hosted the Mixed Doubles Challenge Round.
Three-time women’s national champion Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.) and Alex Leichter (Boston) secured the first berth from the event last night. Two more duos were determined today as the event came to a close in Portage, Wis. Current mixed national champions Katherine Gourianova Potomac, Md.) and Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) earned the second berth this afternoon with a 7-5 victory over Denver’s Becca Wood and Sean Franey. The final berth was secured by 2010 Olympian Jason Smith and Kim Rhyme of the Twin Cities. They also defeated Wood and Franey in the C qualifier by a 9-4 score.
The Bemidji Curling Club will host the 2020 Mixed Doubles National Championship Feb. 27-March 1. The winner from that event then represents the United States at the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Championship.
Here is a look at the full field of 12 competing teams for the 2020 Mixed Doubles National Championship:
- Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.)* and John Shuster (Superior, Wis.)*
- Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.)
- Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.)* and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.)*
- Becca Hamilton* and Matt Hamilton* (both of McFarland, Wis.)
- Tabitha Peterson* (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Joe Polo* (Duluth, Minn.)
- Alex Agre (Woodbury, Minn.) and Derrick McLean (Bothell, Wash.)
- Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.)
- Christine McMakin (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.)
- Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.)* and Chris Bond (Seattle)
- Kim Rhyme (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Jason Smith* (St. Paul, Minn.)
- Katherine Gourianova (Potomac, Md.) and Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.)
- Monica Walker (Brighton, Mass.) and Alex Leichter (Boston)
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