|Wednesday, November 19, 2008
University Games hosted by RLCC
Washington's Pleasants rink wins 2009 World
University Games Trials
team needed one extra game to earn the right to
become Team USA as they defeated Brad Caldwell's
team, 9-4, in a tie-breaker game Sunday
afternoon at the 2009 Winter World University
Games Trials in Rice Lake, Wis.
rink now joins the Katherine Stewart rink as
representatives for the USA (pending final
approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee) at the
2009 Winter World University Games, Feb. 20-27
in Harbin, China.
After losing to Jerod
Roland's team, 7-6, in the morning draw, the
Seattle-based team headed to a tiebreaker game
when Caldwell's team defeated Jerad Daul, 8-0,
to create a matching 4-2 record.
afternoon's tiebreaker match-up, Pleasants
(Seattle) and teammates Zachary Radmer
(Seattle), Jon Chartrand (Seattle) and Bret
Nordlund (Issaquah, Wash.) defeated Team
Caldwell for the third time in this tournament
by capitalizing on steal opportunities. The
Pleasants rink took singles in the first two
ends but Caldwell (Mapleton, Minn.) and
teammates Matthew Collom (Galesville, Wis.),
Tyler Vietanen (Trempealeau, Wis.) and John
Landsteiner (Mapleton, Minn.) evened the score
with a deuce in the third end. The Washington
squad answered with three points and then a
steal of two to build a 7-2 after five ends.
Caldwell would add two more points but Pleasants
finished off the game with singles in the next
This will be the first major
international appearance for all four members of
the Pleasants team. Joining Stewart on the
women's team are Amanda McLean (Duluth, Minn.),
Casey Cucchiarelli (Wausau, Wis.) and Sarah
McLeod (Esko, Minn.).
This will be the
third time curling is featured as a medal sport
at the bi-annual WWUG. The U.S. won its lone
medal back in 2007 when Olympian John Shuster
led his team to the gold medal.