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Feb. 16, 2019
Team Sinclair captures women’s national title in Kalamazoo
(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) – Jamie Sinclair has had to reset her goals many times in the past three years. With a 6-4 victory over Nina Roth’s rink today in the women’s gold-medal match of the 2019 USA Curling National Championships, Sinclair is once again at the top of the national podium.
Sinclair made a runback double takeout in the ninth end to pretty much stamp her third national title in a row.
“It has been three in a row for half of this team but every one has been different,” said Sinclair, 26. “The first two years we had some different players and it was leading up to the Olympics so we kind of had our heart set on the Olympics and we had to turn around and re-focus on the Nationals. Coming into this year as a new team we were trying to figure out our communication out on the ice so there was a lot of learning to do as a team. We had our hearts set on this national championship so we’re happy that we came together so quickly.”
It is also the third straight title for the team’s lead, Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.), and first for twins Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), students at the University of Minnesota.
“It’s the first title for Sarah and Taylor so we’re really happy for them. They are so thrilled. We are looking forward to worlds in a couple weeks,” Walker said.
The team will now represent the U.S. at the 2019 Women’s World Curling Championship March 16-24 in Silkeborg, Denmark.
“I’m definitely really excited. I had tears well up right away when we made that shot,” Taylor Anderson said. “We’ve been working so hard and to win a national championship after working so many years for it is really exciting.”
Sinclair’s team controlled the majority of the match at Wings Event Center but Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and Tara Peterson (Minneapolis, Minn.) never backed down as they tried in earnest to battle back.
“We were just on the wrong side of the inch on a few shots there. We hoped we’d play better than yesterday, but we didn’t. They beat us three times so they deserved to win,” Hamilton said.
Sinclair tested her nerves in the opening end after being forced to draw into the full eight-foot for a single point while facing four Roth rocks. Team Sinclair followed up with great defense as they stole a point in the second end and forced Team Roth into drawing into the four-foot for a single against two Sinclair stones.
In the fifth, Roth’s final skip stone sailed through the back of the house, giving Sinclair a draw for two points. In the sixth end, Roth, who led the women’s 2018 Olympic team, got a stone in scoring position but the chance to get more than one point got cluttered up with granite in and around the rings. Roth attempted a difficult double tap with the final stone, but it wasn’t successful as they accepted just a single point.
In the seventh end, Sinclair was attempting a runback to remove a stone in the house, but the team missed the sweep call and left the Roth rink in the rings for a single steal to change momentum for the moment. Sinclair, who won her first title in 2017 in Everett, Wash., was then forced to draw for a single point in the eighth end while staring down two Roth stones.
The turning point of the championship final came in the ninth end when Roth’s team was threatening to score three points until Sinclair converted a perfect runback double takeout to force Roth to draw the button to score a single point. In the 10th end, Team Sinclair did a good job keeping the house fairly empty and the paths open as Sinclair was left with an open takeout for the win.
“It felt really good to make that shot, but it was kind of my bread-and-butter – the kind of shot I like to throw – so i was pretty excited about throwing it and I felt confident and happy that my third made the perfect line call,” Sinclair said about her shot in the ninth.
In addition to representing the U.S. at the upcoming World Women’s Championship, Team Sinclair also is qualified to the Champions Cup April 23-28 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
“It feels very rewarding, I’m so happy,” said Sarah Anderson, 23, who has won two junior national and two mixed doubles national titles. “It’s been a long year as a new team, and we’ve put in a lot of work. We’re feeling great leaving here with a national championship.”
Kim Rhyme (Minneapolis, Minn.), skip of Team Rhyme, was honored with the Ann Brown Sportsmanship Award.
Line score, women’s gold medal game:
*Team Sinclair 110 020 010 1 – 6
Team Roth 001 001 101 0 – 4
Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario), Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.)
Nina Roth (McFarland, Wis.), Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Todd Birr (Ham Lake, Minn.), Greg Johnson (Appleton, Wis.), Hunter Clawson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Tom O’Connor (Robbinsdale, Minn.), Michael Roos (Nashville, Tenn.)
Team Shuster: John Shuster (Superior, Wis.), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.)
Team Ruohonen: Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (Minneapolis, Minn.), Phil Tilker (Seattle), Jared Allen (Nashville, Tenn.)
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