Four bowlers earn 2014 Team USA spots at Summer Team USA Trials


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    Geoffrey Young of Denton, Texas, Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan. (pictured left, l-r), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, and Kayla Johnson of Washington, Ill. (right, l-r), earned automatic spots on Team USA 2014 on Sunday as the United States Bowling Congress Summer Team USA Trials came to a close.

    Young led the men's field with a 15-game total of 3,418 (227.87 average), while Bohr was second with 3,415 at the International Training and Research Center. Dorin-Ballard dominated the women's division with 3,407, while Johnson was second with 3,193.

    The top two players in each division after 15 games earned the automatic spots on Team USA in 2014. The field bowled three games on the short pattern (Stockholm) and six games each on the medium pattern (Seoul) and on the on the long pattern (London).

    The remainder of the Team USA roster will be determined and announced at the 2014 USBC Team USA Trials in January.

    In the final frame, Young got just enough to stay ahead of Bohr to earn the victory to earn his first spot on Team USA.

    "Making Team USA has been a goal for a very long time, and all the hard work and dedication has really paid off," said Young, a former standout at Wichita State who was a member of Junior Team USA in 2008 and 2009. "I was really nervous the first four frames of that last game, but I just got really focused and made better shots to get there."

    For Bohr, who was also a standout at Wichita State, it marks a return to Team USA since his last stint on the team in 2008 and 2009.

    "I think this is the first time I've made the team on my own merit instead of being selected, and that's a good feeling," said Bohr, who was also a member of Junior Team USA in 2000, 2001 and 2002. "The talent and knowledge you get as being a member of Team USA is something you can't get anywhere else."

    On the women's side, USBC Hall of Famer Dorin-Ballard dominated the event from start to finish and earned a spot on Team USA for the fifth time and the first time since 2011.

    "People thought I retired, but I really just took a couple years off," said Dorin-Ballard, who helped Team USA to the women's team gold medal at the World Championships in 2011. "This weekend was such a great event because of so many great, young bowlers who came to try out. It really inspires me and gives me hope for the future."

    Johnson, a hard-throwing, high-rev right-hander, earned a spot on Team USA for the first time. She came up clutch in the final frame Friday, tossing a double to edge past Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky by just 10 pins.

    "I don't even have words because it's everyone's dream to make Team USA," said Johnson, who was a standout collegiate bowler at Nebraska. "I'm super excited for the learning portion of Team USA. I can't wait for the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest coaches in the game."

    The Summer Team USA Trials featured 31 men and 28 women competing for spots on Team USA. For more information on the Summer Team USA Trials, visit


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    Summer Team USA - Men's Division after 9/15 games

    Players with position, hometown and 15-game total. The top two earn spots on Team USA 2014.

    1, Geoffrey Young, Denton, Texas, 3,418
    2, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,415
    3, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,370
    4, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 3,361
    5, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,316
    6, Mike Fagan, Hurst, Texas, 3,314
    7, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,287
    8, Kevin Andes, Wichita, Kan., 3,256
    9, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 3,201
    10, Vince Biondo III, Carpentersville, Ill., 3,188
    11, Paul Bober, Morton Grove, Ill., 3,180
    12, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 3,170
    13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,145
    14, Justin Mandell, Orlando, Fla., 3,067
    15, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 3,058
    16, Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 3,053
    17, Nathan VanPutten, Houston, Texas, 3,035
    18, Devin Bidwell, Simi Valley , Calif., 3,031
    19, Xeno Garcia, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,018
    20, Chad Newman, Grapevine, Texas, 2,995
    21, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,973
    22, Gilbert Sanchez, Mulvane, Kan., 2,957
    23, Alan Chetister, Arlington, Texas, 2,950
    24, Kenneth Bland Jr., Lorton, Va., 2,927
    25, Michael Newton, Arlington, Texas, 2,865
    26, Eric Martinez, San Antonio, Texas, 2,850
    27, Brent Bowers, Mulvane, Kan., 2,793
    28, Scott Dull, Cresson, Texas, 2,753
    29, Andrew Berry, Arvada, Colo., 2,740
    30, Antonio Garcia, Northglen, Colo., 2,718
    31, Michael Bailey, Allen, Texas, 1,725


    Summer Team USA - Women's Division after 9/15 games

    Players with position, hometown and 15-game total. The top two earn spots on Team USA 2014.

    1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,407
    2, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 3,193
    3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,183
    4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 3,177
    5, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 3,159
    6, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,127
    7, Suzana Signaigo, Wichita, Kan., 3,066
    8, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,056
    9, Emily Eckhoff, Denver, Colo., 3,042
    10, Kristina Frahm, Salisbury, Md., 3,004
    11, Vanessa Vera, Coconut Creek, Fla., 3,002
    12, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield , Texas, 2,968
    13, Michelle Crews, Hoover, Ala., 2,936
    14, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,933
    15, Rachael Gittings, Jonesboro, Ark., 2,915
    16, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,901
    17, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,900
    18, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,871
    19, Grace Hall, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2,863
    20, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,861
    21, Kimi Davidson, Katy, Texas, 2,849
    22, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 2,797
    23, Brandi Stephens, Stillwater, Okla., 2,779
    24, Melanie DeCarlo, Peru, Ill., 2,751
    25, Anna Groce, Kernersville, N.C., 2,744
    26, Emily Fravel, Houston, Texas, 2,727
    27, Mads McDuff, Katy, Texas, 2,721
    28, Kaitlin Quinn, Mulvane, Kan., 2,653