College Curling Team Spotlight: The Nebraska Cornhuskers

Neb Huskers

Roster

Name Year Hometown Major
Tim Adams Senior Canisota, SD Civil Engineering
Daniel Briggs (Treasurer) Junior Elkhorn, NE Accounting
Kit Connell Senior Papillion, NE Biology and German, Pre-Med
Courtney Cournoyer Junior Papillion, NE Chemical Engineering
Ali Creeger (President) Junior Woodbury, MN Environmental Studies
Isaac Fuhrman Junior Canisota, SD Mechanical Engineering
Walter Manchester Junior Blair, NE Civil Engineering
Haylie Mikulak Junior East Brunswick, NJ Meteorology
Josh Mueller Junior Bellevue, NE Chemical Engineering
Ty Rempe (Vice-President) Senior Superior, NE Mechanical Engineering
Austin Rose Sophomore Broken Bow, NE Actuarial Sciences
Carrie Rosenbaum Sophomore Ashland, NE Culinary Sciences

Last Year’s Highlights

The Cornhuskers 2014-2015 campaign was very successful! They started the season by bringing two teams to the 1st annual Butler Spiel in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One of their teams went undefeated and won first place while the other UNL team also made it to the finals and finished second. It was a great start to the season to win 1st and 2nd in the same spiel and bring their first trophy back to the university.

UNL-Butler Trophy

UNL-Butler Team Pic
UNL teams that won 1st and 2nd place at the Butler Spiel 2014 (top row l-r, Courtney Cournoyer, Isaac Fuhrman, Ty Rempe, Tim Adams. Front row l-r, Haylie Mikulak, Dan Briggs, Ali Creeger, Cameron Binder)

Nebraska continued to compete throughout the season in other spiels in Rice Lake, WI and Milwaukee, WI (hosted by Carroll University). The Huskers also hosted their first bonspiel in February, dubbed the Big Red Bonspiel. Eight teams from Butler University, Wayne State, University of Tennessee, and Oklahoma University participated in that event. One of the home teams went undefeated again, finishing in first, while the Volunteers of Tennessee came in second.

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University of Tennessee and UNL teams at the Big Red Bonspiel 2015

Throughout the season, UNL had three teams playing every week in league at Aksarben Curling Club, which helped them gain enough points to get into Nationals in March. Going into the National Championship, Nebraska was ranked Number 1 in the nation, an exciting accomplishment for a Region 5 school. Nationals were in Rochester, New York and the Cornhuskers had a great experience having the opportunity to play the top 16 teams in the country. Even though UNL didn’t win as many games as they wanted to, they were voted by all of the other teams the winners of the Spirit of Curling Sportsmanship Award.

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2015 Nationals Team at Niagara Falls (l-r, Isaac Fuhrman, Tim Adams, Ty Rempe, Ali Creeger, Cameron Binder)

Nebraska has had the opportunity to be featured in many news outlets, which is a great way to build awareness for their club, since curling isn’t very popular in Nebraska (for now, anyway). This includes the school newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, the school website, UNL Today, local Omaha CBS and ABC news, and many more.

A Look Ahead to 2015-16

This year, the Huskers are expanding their roster from three teams to four, which they hope will build more awareness and involvement on campus. They are in the process of recruiting additional members now and will have their learn-to-curl on November 1st. Their league starts November 8th, with games roughly every Sunday. Nebraska starts the bonspiel season by going to Denver’s first college spiel hosted by Denver University.

Since many of their members have little to no experience with curling before joining the team, they are continually working to improve the technique and skill that many teams have prior to starting college. It’s always rewarding for them to see how members improve from the beginning of the year to the end of the season. Another goal for the season is to start practices in the Breslow Arena, which is currently being built, and will allow UNL curling to actually practice in Lincoln for the first time in the club’s history. And finally, they also hope to compete in the College Curling National Championships in Chaska, MN from March 11-13, 2016.

Bonspiel Dates
Denver College Spiel November 6-8, 2015
Rice Lake Spiel December 4-6, 2015
Carroll University Spiel January, 2016 (tentatively third weekend)
Big Red Bonspiel February 5-7, 2016 (tentatively)

How to Contact UNL Curling

Twitter: @UNLCurling
Facebook: Facebook.com/NebraskaCurling
E-mail: UNLCurling@gmail.com
Website: crec.unl.edu

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