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Curling Club Reaches Bronze Medal Match

By Joyance Meechai

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT Curling Club traveled to Madison, Wisc. March 15 to 17, just missing a bronze medal.

Joyance Meechai G skipped a team with Raymond Li as vice, Brent J. Yen G as second, and Stephen S. Lee ’05 as lead. The team had a rough start. The ice at the Madison Curling Club sped up quickly during the first few ends and settled at 23 seconds by the third end. It took MIT some time to adjust to the ice conditions which though quite nice, were very different from what the team is accustomed to at its home ice.

After two tough losses on Friday in close games against a University of Wisconsin at Marathon County team and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, the team settled down and played well on Saturday to win against University of Wisconsin Stout and another University of Wisconsin at Marathon County team.

MIT qualifies for bronze match

The last Saturday match was particularly exciting, full of threatening freezes. The team forced the skip of Marathon County into a very difficult takeout which wasn’t executed. There were quite a few schools in the bracket which had a 2-2 record, and the team qualified for the bronze medal match by having the highest total score.

All weekend long, MIT had been playing with a very aggressive strategy, trying to tease the opposing team into doing a takeout. Unfortunately MIT lost the bronze to a team from Bowling Green which was skipped by a junior nationals competitor. The team definitely learned a lot from this bonspiel and Lee improved remarkably over the course of the weekend.