(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI—The UPEI Women’s Curling team, skipped by Veronica Smith and that includes third Jane DiCarlo, second Emily Gray, lead Aleya Quilty, and coach Paul Smith, is off to the 2015 CIS-Curling Canada University Curling Championships at the KW Granite Club at Waterloo, Ontario.

The team delayed their departure by a day due to Sunday’s storm, but begins play on Wednesday, March 18 at 12 noon (ET) versus Thompson Rivers University.

Canada’s top university curling teams, eight teams of each gender, will compete in the eighth edition of these championships, which are staged in partnership between Canadian University Sport (CIS) and Curling Canada, and presented by Travelers.

The teams play a round robin ending Friday evening, followed by semifinals pitting 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 on Saturday morning, with the winners advancing to their respective finals Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET.

UPEI’s berth at the event was secured at the Atlantic University Sport women’s final in Montague on February 15, where they were silver medallists. The gold and bronze medal winning teams, Saint Mary’s and St. Francis Xavier, respectively, are also competing at the national championship. The Smith team has attended the past two CIS-Curling Canada events and hopes to improve its record.

Go Panthers Go! Good curling, Team Smith!

UPEI’s round-robin schedule (times listed in Atlantic time (ADT))

1:00 pm – Thompson Rivers vs. UPEI
9:00 pm – Brock vs. UPEI

9:00 am – Wilfred Laurier vs. UPEI
5:00 pm – Guelph vs. UPEI.
9:00 pm – Saint Mary’s vs. UPEI

1:00 pm – Alberta vs. UPEI
5:00 pm – St. FX vs. UPEI