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Eric Peterson, Published February 17 2011

USA Curling: Lank, Fenson clinch top seeds

Team Lank earned the No. 1 seed for the women’s playoffs, which start at 8 tonight at the USA Curling National Championships at Scheels Arena.

Team Lank (8-1) scored an 8-7 victory against Team Potter in the final round-robin draw to clinch the top women’s seed. Team Pottinger

(7-2) is the second seed, Team Brown (7-2) is the third seed and Team Potter (6-3) is the fourth seed.

Team Lank plays Team Pottinger, while Team Brown plays Team Potter in the first round of playoffs.

Team Fenson has already clinched the No. 1 seed for the men’s playoff heading into today’s final round-robin draw at Scheels Arena.

The men’s playoffs start at noon Friday.

Fenson is 8-0 through eight draws.

Team George (6-2) has clinched a spot in the playoffs, but its seeding is yet to be determined.

Team Birr (5-3), Team McCormick (5-3), Team Brown (4-4) and Team Jacobson (4-4) are in the hunt for the final two playoff spots.

If a men’s tie breaker is needed, it would be played at 4 p.m. today.