Omaha ultimate consolation prize for Schwaller or De Cruz
Who will represent Switzerland in Omaha?
Team De Cruz and Team Schwaller are competing to represent Switzerland in the European Championships – but an epic consolation prize lies in store for whoever misses out.
The Swiss Curling Association has decided that the team with the most points YTD after the conclusion of the Canadian Beef Masters of Curling on October 28 – with only the best four results counting – will go to Tallinn in late November for the Europeans.
YTD is the amount of world ranking points accumulated from the start of the 2018-2019 season - which was the beginning of August - and differs slightly from the overall rankings, which is the total points acquired from the previous 12 months.
The rink that does not qualify will instead go to the Curling World Cup second leg in Omaha from December 5-9 – not only representing their country but also competing for the $USD 20,000 winners’ prize.
Yannick Schwaller’s rink are currently the clear leaders in the race with 89.426 YTD points – thanks chiefly to their victory in September’s Stu Sells Oakville Tankard - compared to Peter De Cruz’s current total of 62.683.
A big win in the next couple of weeks could change all that for Olympic bronze medallists Team De Cruz, but should they fall short a place in the Omaha field would be the best runners-up prize imaginable.
Whilst one of Switzerland’s team selections for Omaha is yet to be decided, the Swiss Curling Association has confirmed another.
Olympic mixed doubles silver medallists Martin Rios and Jenny Perret – who finished third in the first leg in Suzhou – will once again wear the red and white as they have a second crack at securing their place in the Grand Final.
The pair won the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship last year in Lethbridge, Canada, and are currently second in the WCF mixed doubles world rankings.