Jaime Gonzalez, Rocio Restrepo win Colombian National Team Tryouts



    Top six men and six women earn will represent Colombia at international events in 2013

    Jaime Gonzalez of Risaralda and Rocio Restrepo of Bogota emerged as the men's and women's champion at the Colombian National Team Tryouts which were contested Dec. 7-10 at Bolera el Salitre in Bogotá and Dec. 12-15 at Coliseo de Bolo in Cali.

    2012BWCAndresGomez.jpg44 women from six federations - Bogota, Cundinmarca, Quindio, Risaralda, Tolima and Valle - and 74 men from 12 federations - Antioquia, Atlantico, Bogota, Boyaca, Caldas, Cundinamarca, Nariño, Quindio, Risaralda, Santander, Tolima and Valle - bowled eight blocks of eight games (64 games overall) on seven different WTBA patterns to determine the top six men and six women who earned automatic spots on the national team and will represent Colombia at international events in 2013.

    Gonzalez held a comfortable 326-pin lead heading into the last block on Dec. 15 and never looked back. He averaged 227.88 for the field-best 1823 series and 14062 total, an average of 219.72 for 64 games. Gonzalez outaveraged his nearest competitor, Andres Gomez (pictured left) of Bogota by more than eight pins.

    2011PCMenManuelOtalora.jpgColombia's first PBA champion finished 542 pins behind Gonzalez in second place with 13520 (211.25). Oscar Rodriguez of Bogota was mere 19 pins behind Gomez in third place with 13501 (210.95) and was followed by Santiago Mejia of Antioquia and Edwar Rey of Bogota in fourth and fifth place with 13420 and 13415, respectively.

    2009 World Games champion Manuel Otalora (right) of Bogota took the sixth and last place with 13373 or an average of 208.95. There was a bigger gap between Otalora and Juan Rodriguez of Bogota, who finished in seventh place with 13085.

    2011WWCRocioRestrepo.jpgOn the women's side, Restrepo (left) was 404 pins ahead of Clara Juliana Guerrero of Quindio before the last block. Restrepo, who debuted on the Colombian women's national team at the tender age of 15 by winning the silver medal in Singles at the 2003 World Championships in Malaysia, rolled a solid 1604 final series to easily win the competition with 13549 total and an average of 211.70 for 64 games.

    2012WSCClaraGuerrero.jpgGuerrero (right), who won the gold medals in All Events and Masters at the 2009 Women's World Championships in Las Vegas, was second with 13182 (205.97) and was followed by Anggie Ramirez of Bogota who took third place with 13047 (203.86). Restrepo, Guerrero and Ramirez were the only three women to average over 200 in the event.

    Juliana Franco of Risaralda finished in fourth place with 12641 (197.52) and was followed by Maria Jose Rodriguez of Tolima in fifth place with 12452.

    Natalia Rico of Bogota rolled a 225 in the 64th and last game to overtake Sara Vargas of Bogota, who bowled 179, and to beat out the 2006 World Ranking Masters champion for the sixth and last spot by 30 pins, 12364 to 12334.

    International competition for 2013 includes the 9th World Games in Cali, Colombia (Aug. 1-4), the combined World Championships for men and women in Henderson, Nev. (Aug. 16-31), and the 51st Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas in Greater Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (July 28-Aug. 3).


    Colombian National Team Tryouts - Men's Division

    The top six men after 64 games earned automatic spots on the 2013 national team


    Colombian National Team Tryouts - Women's Division

    The top six women after 64 games earned automatic spots on the 2013 national team