BRUNSWICK — A team from Bowdoin College that didn’t even exist when school began last fall has taken home a national championship in the quirky sport of curling.

The college’s curling team, which came together only a few months ago, won its division Sunday at the National College Curling Championships in Chicago, which are put on by College Curling USA.

The Bowdoin team was formed last fall and practiced each Sunday at the Belfast Curling Club, 70 miles north of Bowdoin’s campus in Brunswick.

Curling is similar to shuffleboard, with players sliding stones across a sheet of ice toward a circular target area. Curling is an Olympic sport, but otherwise receives little attention in the United States.