Ranking system will determine Olympians

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

One berth for the Olympic Trials in Halifax is available for the Scotts winner. If Colleen Jones wins her fifth straight, the spot would go to the runner-up.

Another more complicated path is available through the Canadian Team Ranking System.

"We'll have to finish fourth or better and hold off Stephanie Lawton," said Edmonton's Cathy King, who currently holds No. 3 CTRS ranking with 62.05 points. King earns another 15 points when she steps on the ice tomorrow.

No. 1 Renelle Bryden of Calgary has run out of options. No. 2 Cheryl Bernard of Calgary has 75.55 points.

Bernard did not qualify at the Canada Cup West and lost the Alberta final to King. But she got a second life when Sherry Middaugh declined her spot in the March 15-20 Canada Cup at Kamloops, giving entry in another points event to Bernard.

A fourth-place finish at the Scotts would give King 35 points and a 21.5-point margin over Bernard.

If Bernard wins the Canada Cup, she's be in the Trials, as would the next-highest points team.

Bernard has already earned points in the agreed-to six-event maximum. That means any points Bernard earns at Kamloops would be added to her total and the lower points earned in the seventh event would be dropped.

Saskatchewan's Stephanie Lawton (No. 7 with 52.49 points) can position herself for a Trials spot if she finishes two positions better than King at the Scotts.


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