2020 United States Women's Curling Championship

2020 United States Women's Curling Championship

The 2020 United States Women's Curling Championship will be held from February 8 to 15, 2020 at the Eastern Washington University Recreation Center in Spokane, Washington.[1] It will be held in conjunction with the 2020 United States Men's Curling Championship.

If the winning team meets certain prerequisites in terms of world ranking points (60 points year-to-date or ranked 70th or higher) they then earn the chance to represent the United States at the 2020 World Women's Curling Championship in Prince George, British Columbia, from March 14 to 22, 2020.[2][3]


There are three ways for teams to qualify for the championship:

  • Top four American teams in the World Curling Federation (WCF) World Team Ranking System on Dec 2, 2019[2]
    • Team Roth
    • Team Sinclair
    • Team Rhyme
    • Team Potter
  • Three teams from the 2020 United States Women's Challenge Round[4]
    • Team McMakin
    • Team Traxler
    • Team Podoll
  • 2020 United States Junior Women's champions
    • TBD

Challenge Round

Eight teams competed at the 2020 United States Women's Challenge Round, held at the Heather Curling Club in Mapleton, Minnesota, from January 3 to 5.[5] Through a triple knockout competition the top three teams secured a spot at the National Championship. Two-time Junior Champion Christine McMakin was the first to secure a spot, defeating fellow junior curler Ariel Traxler in the 'A' bracket final.[6] Traxler dropped down to the 'B' bracket final and had another opportunity to play for a spot in the Nationals, this time earning her spot by defeating Ann Podoll 8-4.[7] Podoll then dropped to the 'C' bracket final where she defeated Stephanie Senneker to secure the third and final Nationals berth.[8]


Eight teams will participate in the 2020 national championship.[9]

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Locale
Tabitha Peterson Becca Hamilton Tara Peterson Aileen Geving Madison, Wisconsin
Jamie Sinclair Cory Christensen Vicky Persinger Taylor Anderson Sarah Anderson Chaska, Minnesota
Cassie Potter Courtney George Jackie Lemke Jordan Moulton
Kim Rhyme Elizabeth Brundage Katie Rhyme Amy Harnden Minneapolis, Minnesota
Christine McMakin Anne O’Hara Anna Netteberg Emma Rau
Ann Podoll Rachel Workin Taylor Drees Christina Lammers
Ariel Traxler Elizabeth Cousins Katherine Gourianova Elizabeth Janiak


  1. ^ Gewirtz, Jason (Nov 1, 2018). "Spokane to Host 2020 USA Curling National Championship". Sports Travel Magazine. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "First nine teams qualify to 2020 Nationals". USA Curling. Dec 4, 2019. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "2020 World Women's Curling Championship coming to P.G." Prince George Citizen. Feb 5, 2019. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "2020 Nationals field nearly complete". USA Curling. Jan 5, 2020. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "Challenge Round on tap after New Year". USA Curling. Dec 19, 2019. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  6. ^ "USA Women's Challenge Round – A Event". CurlingZone. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  7. ^ "USA Women's Challenge Round – B Event". CurlingZone. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  8. ^ "USA Women's Challenge Round – C Event". CurlingZone. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Qualified teams, 2020 USA Curling National Championships". USA Curling. Retrieved Jan 13, 2020.

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