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Bowling News USA - January 13, 2012 Three Lady Storm Staffers Join Team USA!

Marshall Kent of Yakima, WA, and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, NY, claimed titles last Friday at the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, earning the right to compete in the 2012 QubicaAMF World Cup. Kent and McEwan topped their respective fields in a grueling four-day, 28-game format in which the players in the field earned points based on their finishing position each round to determine the final standings.

With daily finishes of 3rd, 32nd, 2nd, and 6th, Kent finished with 43 points, while McEwan had daily finishes of 5th, 5th, 2nd, and 3rd to total 15 points at Texas Star Lanes, in Las Vegas, NV.

The women's final came down to a single pin as McEwan just barely edged Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, NY. Johnson finished with 16 points, but had she gotten just one additional pin in Friday's final, round it would have been enough to win the title. Johnson finished the final game with back-to-back open frames.

"With this format and it being as close as it was, I wasn't really as nervous as I probably should have been because I wasn't exactly sure of the situation," said McEwan, who competes collegiately at Fairleigh Dickinson. "I came out here wanting to make Junior Team USA and to make Team USA and to win is a really great feeling."

With his 6th place finish in Friday's final round, Kent was able to outdistance the men's field. Steve Smith of San Diego, CA finished second with 57 points, which was 14 points behind Kent.

"It's unbelievable to be able to come out and perform the way I wanted to," said Kent, the 2010 USBC Junior Gold champion who bowls collegiately at Roto Grip sponsored Robert Morris-Illinois. "My mental game this week was probably the best it has ever been in my entire life, and that is what kept me in the game."

The top three men and top three women in the standings earned automatic spots on Team USA for 2012. Joining McEwan on the women's team was Josie Earnest of Nashville, TN, and Storm staff member Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, IL. Johnson, who finished second overall, was not eligible to occupy one of the automatic spots because she had previously been selected for Team USA. On the men's side, Kent is joined by Smith and AJ Johnson of Oswego, IL

    

The National Selection Committee added two men and two women to Team USA 2012. For the men, Jarret Mizo of Honolulu, HI and John Janawicz of Winter Haven, FL were selected. Storm staff members Tammy Turner of North Ogden, UT, and Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, CA, were chosen for the women.

The additions to Team USA on Friday bring the total roster to 20. The National Selection Committee added Patrick Allen, Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Bill O'Neill, Sean Rash, Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick, Stefanie Nation, Shannon O'Keefe and Shannon Pluhowsky in November.




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