Dropkin rink reaches event final in Manitoba

Oct. 28, 2019, 5:07 p.m. (ET)

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Oct. 28, 2019

U.S. team reaches final at WCT event

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Two playoff appearances highlighted Team USA’s performance on the World Curling Tour (WCT) over the weekend.

Two-time Olympian Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) led the Korey Dropkin rink to a second-place finish at the Atkins Curling Supplies Classic in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Polo and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Mark Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) lost the event final to Canada’s Braden Calvert rink, 9-1, this afternoon to finish with a 5-2 record. It was the third playoff appearance for the young team and second runner-up showing this season.

Chase Sinnett’s Junior High Performance Program team put in another impressive showing as they reached the semifinals of the BrokerLink OVCA U21 in Ottawa, Ontario. Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.) and his team of Sam Strouse (Midland, Mich.), Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), Ethan Sampson (Edmore, N.D.) and Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.) finished with a 5-3 record while Cora Farrell’s junior women’s team wrapped up the weekend at 2-3 overall. The Sinnett and Farrell rinks will join with fellow Junior HPP teams skipped by Delaney Strouse and Luc Violette at the WCT DeKalb Classic in Morris, Manitoba, this weekend.

John Shuster’s team made its first Grand Slam appearance of the young season as the team competed in the Masters in North Bay, Ontario. The team finished with a 1-3 record and will compete in the next Grand Slam in Nova Scotia, Nov. 5-10, along with fellow HPP teams skipped by Korey Dropkin, Rich Ruohonen and Tabitha Peterson, who is leading Team Nina Roth this season due to Roth’s pregnancy.

Mixed doubles takes the spotlight this weekend as the second qualifier for the 2020 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship is being staged at the Madison Curling Club. The MadTown DoubleDown starts Friday in McFarland, Wis., and features many of the top U.S. mixed doubles teams.

To learn more about the athletes in USA Curling’s programs, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/for-athletes/high-performance-program.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).