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Austria’s Jaqueline Witura shoots 1402 in Singles Prelims; captures gold in All-Events

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Jaqueline Witura of Austria rolled the lone 1400-series in the girls’ division of the 31st European Youth Championships Saturday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, to earn the no. 1 seed for the medal round in singles and to storm to the gold medal in all-events.

Witura, who previously posted the highest individual six-game series in the girls’ division in doubles (1320), improved her high score by 82 pins on her way to a 1402 series, an average of 233.67, to lead the 66 girls from 22 countries in the singles preliminaries behind games of 235, 232, 236, 223, 211 and 265.

The Austrian out averaged her nearest competitor in squad 1, Peppi Konsteri (1250) of Finland by 25 pins.

Cecilie Dam of Denmark (1324), Sophie Thompson of England (1313) and Hanna Engberg of Sweden overtook Konsteri in the second squad and pushed her to fifth place to earn the no. 2, 3 and 4 seeds for the medal round on Saturday afternoon.

Thanks to her 1402 series, Witura leaped from third to first place in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event) to claim the first gold medal for Austria in this championships with 3953 pinfall total and an overall average of 219.61.

Mika Guldbäk of Denmark slipped from first to second place behind a 1228 series today to take the silver medal with 3863 (214.61). Hanna Engberg fell one spot to third place but beat out Sophie Thompson for the bronze medal, 3848 to 3791.

The top 24 in all-events (cut was Raquel Xuereb of Malta with 3381; 187.83 avg.) advanced to match play masters, which will conclude the 31st European Youth Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The top 8 earned one bye. Elyse Giddens of England took the eighth and last spot to earn a bye with 3564 (198.00).

The 31st European Youth Championships will be held from March 24 to April 2 at 30-lane Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

The championships drew 156 players, 90 boys and 66 girls, from 28 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Denmark.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1999 will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles, Doubles and four-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.

The 2018 EYC will be played on a 39-foot lane conditioning pattern with 26.73 mL volume oil total.

Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries feature six games with the top 4 advancing to the medal round. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches will be decided in one game.

The three players with highest 18-game total of the Singles, Doubles and Teams preliminaries earn the medals in All-Events. The top 24 in All-Events determine the Masters champion in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

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31st EYC 2018 – Girls’ Singles Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round

Individual High Game/High Series
1 Game – Erin Pellegroms, Belgium, 278
3 Games – Sophie Thompson, England, 715
6 Games – Jaqueline Witura , Austria, 1402

From left: Denmark, Austria and Sweden.

31st EYC 2018 – Girls’ All-Events after 18 games (final)

Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 earn one bye

Herbert Bickel

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