FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 30, 2019
USA wins Americas Challenge to qualify for 2020 World Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Rich Ruohonen and Tabitha Peterson rinks successfully secured berths for the United States to the 2020 World Men’s and World Women’s Championships after winning the 2020 Americas Challenge today in Eveleth, Minn.
Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), and Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.) went 4-0 in the double round robin against Brazil and Mexico, including a 13-1 victory today at Curl Mesabi over Adriana Camarena Osorno’s Mexican team. The U.S. now has secured a spot to compete in the 2020 World Women’s Championship March 14-22 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and his team of Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.), and Phil Tilker (Seattle) also defeated Mexico today to earn the U.S. a spot in the 2020 World Men’s Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, March 28-April 5. The 9-5 victory today over Diego Tompkins gave the U.S. a perfect 4-0 record to close out the event.
By finishing second, Mexico’s men and women have earned the Americas Zone berths to compete in the 2020 World Qualification event Jan. 13-18 in Lohja, Finland. That competition features eight countries per gender – one from the Americas zone (Mexico), a team from the host country (Finland), two Pacific-Asia teams and four European teams – and is the last chance to qualify for the 2020 World Championships.
Final scores are available for all games via partner CurlingZone and posted at www.usacurl.org.
About the Americas Challenge: For qualification to the World Curling Championships and World Junior Championships. The second ranked Americas Zone association from the previous WCC and WJCC, providing they are not hosting the upcoming championship, can face a challenge from any other World Curling Federation member association in the Americas Zone, which currently includes Brazil, Canada, Guyana, Mexico and the United States.
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Brakebush, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Volt, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Rock Solid Productions Inc., United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.
For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).