Ashton Simard, MacEwan University, Curling

Ashton Simard, MacEwan University, Curling

Displaying masterful poise, shot-making and strategy, MacEwan Griffins women’s skip Ashton Simard led her rink to a silver medal at the CCAA curling national championship in Fredericton, N.B. last Tuesday.

It’s the best finish by a MacEwan women’s rink in program history.

At the CCAA curling awards banquet on Tuesday night, Simard was named the tournament’s all-star skip, leading all curlers at the event in shooting percentage with a sizzling 81 per cent in the round robin.

Teammates Erin Wells and Andie Kurjata were named as the bonspiel’s all-star third and second, respectively, repeating MacEwan’s run at the ACAC Championship awards table.

At the nationals, Simard led the Griffins to a 6-1 round robin record, qualifying for the playoffs in first place. Included in that was a 8-3 dismantling of defending national champion Fanshawe. The Griffins defeated UAlberta-Augustana 8-7 in the semifinals before losing 9-7 to Douglas College in the gold medal game.