Three four-person curling teams from the RPI Curling Club went to Broomstone Curling Club in Wayland, Massachusetts, to compete in the annual Broomstone’s College Bonspiel hosted by Boston College. The team of freshman Evan Mullaney as skip, junior Anthony Naslas as vice, junior Garrison Johnston as second, and junior Kaitlin Fermano as lead captured second place at the two-day tournament beginning on Saturday.
“I expect that RPI will rise from the number eight spot were are currently in,” said club public relations head senior Dana Stevens concerning Rensselaer’s national ranking according to the United States Curling Association, which was last updated on October 20.
RPI Curling challenged four teams on the ice over the weekend from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania. RPI 1, the team of Mullaney, Naslas, Johnston, and Fermano, closed out the bonspiel 3–1, losing only to no. 4 ranked University of Pennsylvania. Mullaney brings years of prior experience to the team.
Skipping team RPI 2 was senior Alex Kelleher. Junior Sam Curlee served as vice, junior Mitchell Loser as second, and first-year curler freshman James Cassidy as lead. The team finished 2–2 on Sunday.
RPI 3 consisted of Stevens as skip, senior Kirsten Cardinal as vice, sophomore Gideon Bartlett as second, and senior Jeremy Katz as lead. They won two games and lost one.
“We had a great turnout at our open house, and have a lot of new members,” said Stevens. “They are getting better every week. Their sweeping form is coming along, and they are learning how to throw the correct weight for many types of shots.”
The first bonspiel of the season took place on October 15 and 16. The team of senior Jeremy Katz as skip, Loser as vice, Fermano as second, and Johnston rebounded in the latter three games after an initial blow by SUNY Polytechnic to finish 3–1, winning the tournament’s B event.
Upcoming events for RPI Curling including this weekend’s bonspiel hosted by RIT at Rochester Curling Club. Games begin this Friday at 9 pm with RPI 2 facing Colgate University, and end on Saturday at 8:30 pm with RPI 1 versus RIT 2. On Sunday, a championship tournament will take place. Several games will be streamed live from this website: https://poly.rpi.edu/s/n13ih
The RPI College Bonspiel will follow the RIT Spiel, taking place from December 2 to 4 at Schenectady Curling Club, where the team practices every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 pm to 12 am. Members of the Rensselaer community are all invited to come cheer on the curlers at the bonspiel.
Newcomers are always welcome to attend practices. No experience is necessary to join. Contact Dana Stevens at email@example.com or visit https://poly.rpi.edu/s/y23ds if interested.