Six years ago Sidney Schroeder and her teammates carried the flags during opening ceremonies of the 2011 United States Curling Association Mixed National Championship hosted at the Midland Curling Center. This weekend it will be junior curlers from Williston, North Dakota carrying the flags. Team Schroeder will follow the Michigan flag onto the ice as GLCA Champions, competing for the National Mixed Curling Championship title.
Ten teams have advanced through regional curling championships to compete for the National Mixed Championship. Team Schroeder qualified last month by winning the 5-state Great Lakes Curling Association Championship in Detroit. Sidney Schroeder is the skip; Aaron Carlson plays vice-skip; Alexis Schroeder plays second; and B.J. Kent is lead. Sidney, her sister Alexis, and B.J. all attend Michigan Technological University. Aaron is a student at Michigan State. All team members have competed previously in USCA Junior National Championships. This is their first season competing in Mixed Curling and their first trip to an adult National Championship.
eadlining this year’s Mixed Nationals, the Washington State team skipped by Fred Maxie are defending Champions. Maxie and two other veteran skips, Darrick Kizlyk from Denver and Greg Persinger from Alaska, competed in Midland six years ago when Sidney and her teammates were flag bearers. Sidney is the only female skip in the field of ten.
Dates for the USCA Mixed National Championship are March 17-25 in Williston, North Dakota. For competition updates and live streaming go to www.teamusa.org/usa-curling. The winner of the USCA Mixed Nationals will advance to the World Mixed Championship October 6-14 in Champery, Switzerland.
Photo: Team Schroeder with the GLCA Mixed Championship trophy.
L to R: Sidney Schroeder, Aaron Carlson, Alexis Schroeder, B.J. Kent