Bowling News USA - August 28, 2012 Asbaty, Hulsenberg Lead TEAM USA Women to Gold at PABCON
The Team USA men and women swept the gold medals in Team and All Events Friday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships.
The U.S. women broke the PABCON Championships record for six-game team total with 6,713 as they rolled to the gold medal by 256 pins over Mexico at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.
The United States was led in the women's event by all-events gold medalist Liz Johnson with 1,473 and she was joined by Stefanie Nation (1,337), Josie Earnest (1,284), (Diandra Asbaty (1,217 - Storm Staff), Shannon Pluhowsky (709) and Leanne Hulsenberg (693 - Storm Staff).
"We accomplished our goals, which was to go for the team gold and the trios gold," said Johnson, who won the All Events with a 24-game total of 5,427 (226.1 average). "We all worked together really well. There were some moves we had to make during team and everyone worked very well with each other."
Mexico took the women's silver medal with 6,457, while Colombia earned the bronze with 6,176. In All Events, Nation finished with the silver with 5,316, while Colombia's Rocio Restrepo took the bronze with 5,287.
On the men's side, Team USA shot 6,687 and was led by Tommy Jones with 1,376 and was followed by All Events gold medalist Bill O'Neill (1,354), Steve Smith (1,311), Marshall Kent (1,269), Patrick Allen (692) and John Janawicz (685).
"We had an unexpected lead coming into the day and we all worked really, really well together all day," said O'Neill, who won All Events with 5,556 (231.5 average). "It's a lot harder than it used to be to win because the talent level is so much better. To have so many teams competing for medals is pretty cool to see."
Mexico rallied in the final two games to take the silver medal with 6,493, while the Dominican Republic won its first men's medal since 1989 by finishing third with 6,484. In All Events, Jones claimed the silver with 5,543, while Puerto Rico's Francisco Colon took the bronze with 5,504.
The top 24 men and top 24 women in the All Events standings after 24 games advanced to Saturday's Masters competition.
The remaining players will bowl six games Saturday morning before the field is cut to the top eight in each division for round robin match play. After 37 total games, including match play bonus pins, the top four men and top four women will advance to the semifinals.
196 players - 106 men and 90 women - from 18 countries will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.
The event also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Strike Zone bowling center.
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