Successful trip ends in semi-final loss to UW-Stevens Point for UW-Green Bay curling club

Saturday-213The UW-Green Bay student curling club made it to the second event semifinals of the USA Curling College Championship in Utica, New York (March 10–13) before falling to UW-Stevens Point. The team entered this year’s tournament as the 13th seed and finished 2-2, going 2-1 in pool play — defeating Oklahoma and MIT before losing to Yale.

You can learn more at the club’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/curlingclubofUWGB.

Student curling club falls to Penn in national semifinals

The UW-Green Bay student curling club made it all the way to the semifinal round of the second annual USA Curling College Championship, contested over the weekend in Rochester, N.Y. The team from Green Bay went 3-0 in pool play — beating MIT, hometown RIT and Hamilton College before falling to Ivy League entrant the University of Pennsylvania in the semifinals on Saturday night. Although the UWGB squad was unable to defend its national club-team title, the honor stayed in Wisconsin, with UW-Stevens Point beating Penn in the finals to claim the championship. You can learn more at the club’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/curlingclubofUWGB.

Clarification on campus support
In our previous posts about the Curling Club’s participation in the national tournament, we made clear that curling is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport, and is therefore not affiliated with Phoenix Athletics. However, the club — like many other student organizations — does receive funding from student activity fees as allocated by the student-run Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee. That funding, about $3,000 this academic year, covered supplies, travel and ice time for Midwest curling tournaments that qualified the UW-Green Bay club for nationals. Additional SUFAC funding for tournament participation outside the Midwest was not possible, and the club had already reached its travel limit for the year. Some media reports on the club’s fundraising efforts may have suggested, incorrectly, that the University (actually, SUFAC) was “unwilling” to underwrite the trip to nationals, as opposed to being “unable” to sponsor under the rules as written.

Curling Club in the ‘Times,’ in the title chase

The student curling club is on the ice in Rochester, N.Y., this weekend, taking part in the second annual USA Curling College Championship. They’re getting some publicity, too. A New York Times note on the tournament focuses on the fact curling is self-supporting and camaraderie-driven, and not an NCAA-sanctioned sport: “The defending champion, Wisconsin-Green Bay, is paying its own way to get there.” See the NYT blurb. Locally, TV-26 ran a short story on the club’s fundraising effort to defend its 2014 national title.

As of mid-afternoon, Saturday, the UW-Green Bay students were 2-0, with wins over the home team, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Hamilton (N.Y.) College. For the latest scores and reports from the tourney (“bonspiel,” technically), the club posts regular updates at its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/curlingclubofUWGB.

Curling Club takes aim on second straight national title

The student curling club from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay made history last year, topping Villanova in the finals and an invited field of the nation’s 16 best collegiate clubs to claim the first-ever USA Curling College Championship. Not it’s time to go for a repeat. The College Curling National Championships (it’s not an NCAA-sanctioned sport) are being hosted this upcoming weekend March 13-15 in Rochester, N.Y. The students proudly representing UW-Green Bay are seeded No. 5. The club posts regular updates at its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/curlingclubofUWGB.
 

National Champs! Student Curling Club sweeps to 2014 title

UW-Green Bay curling championship teamThe student curling club from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay made history last month, topping an invited field of the nation’s 16 best collegiate clubs to claim the first-ever USA Curling College Championship.

Team members (above) are Marina Hauser (skip), Preston Waala (third), Phil Huberty (lead), and Heather Lindahl (second). (See practice photos at the bottom of this column.)

The UW-Green Bay team bested Villanova University, the second-place finisher, and Carroll University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take the title. UW-Green Bay advanced to the playoff rounds by going 3-0 in pool play, beating the University of Minnesota, Rensselaer Polytechnic and Boston University.

The college championship was the first to be sanctioned by USA Curling. The tournament took place March 14-16 at the Four Season’s Curling Club in Blaine, Minn. The 16 clubs that participated had to take part in enough bonspiels (tournaments) over the course of the season, and do well in those competitions, to quality for an invitation. The UW-Green Bay team went 19-3 during the season.

The UW-Green Bay club relied on a wealth of championship-level experience to ice the title.

It started with Hauser, an international student from Switzerland who was a highly ranked youth curler in her native country. She studies Environmental Sciences at UW-Green Bay. As skip for the team, she was responsible for overall strategy, directing play and delivering the crucial final pair of stones in each round.

Her three teammates have extensive tournament experience as well. Waala and Huberty were part of the Wisconsin state championship-winning program at Waupaca High School, and Lindahl  was a 2012 state champion with her Medford High School club team.

Kristy Aoki, student services coordinator in the Office of International Education, is the club’s adviser. Team members practice their sport at least once a week during the season, usually at the Green Bay Curling Club, and compete at tournaments around Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Upper Midwest against other collegiate club teams.

Curling is not sanctioned as an NCAA sport.

For alumni wondering if a UW-Green Bay team has ever won a national championship in NCAA or NAIA competition, the answer is “yes.” The Phoenix women’s swimming and diving team took home the NAIA national tournament title in 1984.

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