FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2019
2019 Mixed Doubles National Championship continues in Seattle
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Three teams remain undefeated at the 2019 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship after four draws of competition at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle.
Two-time and defending champions Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), 2016 champs Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) and Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.) are 3-0 in preliminary pool play, which continues today with draws at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. PT.
Anderson and Dropkin and Persinger and Plys lead Pool A after securing two more wins on Thursday. In the morning session, the defending champions scored in an extra end to defeat Clare Moores and Lance Wheeler, 7-6. In the night game, it was a battle of the twin sisters as Anderson and Dropkin defeated Taylor Anderson and Derrick McLean of Minnesota, 13-7. Persinger and Plys defeated Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) and Sean Beighton (Seattle) in the morning draw, 10-5, before improving to 3-0 with an 8-4 defeat of Moores and Wheeler. Cory Christensen and John Shuster have won two straight games to stay in the playoff hunt in Pool A.
In Pool B, Peterson and Polo, who won bronze at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Championship, have been solid at late-game comebacks throughout this event. In the afternoon session, the past champs scored four points in the final end to defeat Monica Walker and Alex Leichter, 8-7. In the night game, after falling behind 5-1 to Em Good and Mac Guy of Seattle, the duo scored eight straight points to fuel a 9-6 victory and stay undefeated. They also had an epic comeback in the opening draw of the event on Wednesday night. Madison’s Nina Roth and Kroy Nernberger have won two games in a row in Pool B competition to keep pace.
Live scores and a live webstream are posted at www.usacurl.org. The winning team will represent the United States at the 2019 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 20-27 in Stavanger, Norway.
7 p.m. game scores: Peterson-Polo 9, Good-Guy 6; Christensen-Shuster 8, Sinclair-Beighton 4; Anderson-Dropkin 13, Anderson-McLean 7; Roth-Nernberger 6, Stolt-Stolt 5; Hamilton-Hamilton 9, Walker-Leichter 1
2:30 game scores: Persinger-Plys 8, Moores-Wheeler 4; Roth-Nernber 7, Hamilton-Hamilton 5; Stolt-Stolt 8, Good-Guy 6; Peterson-Polo 8, Walker-Leichter 7
10 a.m. game scores: Good-Guy 9, Walker-Leichter 7; Anderson-Dropkin 7, Moores-Wheeler 6 (extra end); Persinger-Plys 10, Sinclair-Beighton 5
Sarah Anderson-Korey Dropkin 3-0
Vicky Persinger-Chris Plys 3-0
Cory Christensen-John Shuster 2-1
Taylor Anderson-Derrick McLean 1-2
Clare Moores-Lance Wheeler 0-3
Jamie Sinclair-Sean Beighton 0-3
Tabitha Peterson-Joe Polo 3-0
Becca Hamilton-Matt Hamilton 2-1
Nina Roth-Kroy Nernberger 2-1
Em Good-Mac Guy 1-2
Maureen Stolt-Pete Stolt 1-2
Monica Walker-Alex Leichter 0-3
Playoffs: At the conclusion of the round robin, the top three teams from each pool will advance to the playoffs. The top seeded teams will earn a first-round playoff bye while the other four will be matched for first round playoff games.
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