WAUKESHA, WIS.— The Midwest Regional College Curling Championship will be March 10-11, 2012, and will be hosted by Carroll University at the Kettle Moraine Curling Club, 2630 Oakwood Rd., Hartland. This event will involve 24 curling teams, including Carroll’s Curling Club, and competitors from colleges and universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, the Dakotas, Missouri and Colorado. All teams will play three games Saturday. The finals will be played on Sunday morning at 9 and 11:15 a.m.
Championship divisions are determined by the pool of teams that register. This event is limited to 24 teams; the eight teams with the greatest sum of years of experience of the four curlers are placed in Division I, the next eight teams in Division II and the remaining eight in Division III. Carroll will be represented by three teams of four students (each with one to three years of experience), and will likely compete in Division III.
Carroll’s team was established during the 2009-2010 academic year, and currently has 35 members. In March 2010, three teams of four Carroll students competed in the National College Curling Championship, and placed first and third in Division IV. Michael Schuder, associate professor of chemistry, advises the club, which practices weekly at KMCC. Schuder also is registrar and event chair for the 2012 regional event.
In 2012, the national college curling championship tournament in Chicago was canceled to accommodate more teams across the country. The new format includes three college championship tournaments in strategic locations, which also allows teams to enter more than one of the regionals, or additional competitive events during the season. The other two regional championships are in Bowling Green, Ohio and Wayland, Mass.
Curling is a 400-year-old sport believed to have originated in Scotland. Once a student group of at least four (any combination of men and women) has learned to play, they are welcome at the regional U.S. college curling events, held in Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. They are also welcome to participate in the annual championships.
For more information, visit www.collegecurling.org.