Top seeds dominate women's opening round at 2012 Nationals
(ASTON, Pa.) - In front of a cheering crowd of 750 fans, the 2012 USA Curling National Championships kicked off tonight at IceWorks Skating Complex. This is the first time the U.S. Nationals have been hosted on the East Coast since 2007 and since then the sport has grown significantly. The opening-round crowd was a picture of that as the opening ceremonies and first round of women's competition got underway.
Most of the lower-seeded teams dominated the opening round with teams skipped by defending champion Patti Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Erika Brown (Oakville, Ontario), Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) and Alex Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) earning victories. The men's action, featuring 11 teams, begins at 8:30 tonight.
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