WAUKESHA, WIS.— Carroll University's new Curling Club will travel to Chicago March 12-14, 2010, to participate in the National College Curling Championship. The bonspiel competition has four team divisions based on total number of years of experience by the four students on each team. Carroll's 12 students are all in their first year, and the three teams will compete in division 4.
Michael Schuder, associate professor of chemistry, recently became involved in curling through Kettle Moraine Curling Club. He proposed that the KMCC start a college league, and recruitment began this fall. The Carroll University Curling Club is open to part- and full-time students, and more than 50 have participated this year. About 20 regular curlers practice weekly. On Feb. 13, 2010, Carroll hosted a one-day College Challenge with two teams each from Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Northwestern University and Carroll, which finished third of four.
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 national tournament.