U.S. Pan Am Games athletes to be determined at team trials


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    Barnes, Pluhowsky top women's standings while Page, O'Sullivan lead men's field

    2007PanAmericanGamesLogo.jpg The battle to see who will represent the United States in bowling competition at this year's Pan American Games will conclude with the U.S. Pan American Team Trials in Milwaukee on Feb. 16-17.

    The United States will be represented by two men and two women from Team USA 2007 at the 2007 Pan American Games, which will be held July 19-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    The four individuals will be announced on the evening of Feb. 17 following the conclusion of the U.S. Pan American Team Trials.

    2007PAGCaueBowling.jpg The name of the official mascot for the 2007 Pan Am Games is Cauê. As the organizers had not made a mascot for bowling, Bira Teodoro, editor of the Brazilian bowling forum www.boliche.com.br, made this a topic on his website. The organizers reacted immediately and here is the newly created bowling logo. It looks as if Cauê loves to bowl.

    Nine men and six women from Team USA 2007 are scheduled to compete at the U.S. Pan American Team Trials, which will feature four separate tournaments (three five-game blocks on Feb. 16 at Olympic Lanes, one six-game block on Feb. 17 at the United States Bowling Congress testing facility) on four different lane oil patterns. This will account for the remaining 45 percent of team qualification.

    "Competing in the Pan American Games is one of the biggest honors in any sport," USBC Team USA High-Performance Director David Garber said. "This is a chance for our Team USA representatives to shine alongside Olympic gold medalists and experience this premier showcase of athletes."

    Selection criteria for the U.S. Pan American Games team:

    • Total ranking points from 2006 major competition at the U.S. Open, USBC Open Championships, USBC Women's Championships, USBC Queens and USBC Masters (15 percent of weight).
    • Actual pinfall finish at the 2007 USBC Team USA Trials, which were held Jan. 8-11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (40 percent of weight).
    • Total ranking points from 2007 U.S. Pan American Team Trials, consisting of actual pinfall total in four separate tournaments on four different patterns. This will account for the remaining 45 percent of qualification. (Example, if Bowler A wins all four tournaments, she will receive 12 points per pattern for a total of 48 points. She will receive the No. 1 ranking spot of 12 points, which will be multipled by 45 to earn 540 points for the event.)

    Lynda_Barnes_5608.jpg 2006USBCQueensShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg Reigning U.S. Amateur women's champion Lynda Barnes (l.) of Double Oak, Texas, holds a slim 10-point lead over 2006 USBC Queens champion Shannon Pluhowsky (r.) of Phoenix in the women's standings. At the 2003 Pan Am Games, Pluhowsky won the women's singles gold medal and earned silver in doubles with Stacy Werth.

    2007TTTennelleMilligan.jpg 2006BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg Sitting in third place only 17.5 points behind Pluhowsky is 2005 Queens champion Tennelle Milligan (l.) of Yorba Linda, Calif., who regained a spot on Team USA after a stint on the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour. Reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion Diandra Asbaty (r.) of Chicago is in fourth place -- 42.5 points behind Pluhowsky.

    Women's Standings

    * Not participating at Pan Am Trials.

    2006MWCSinglesRhinoPage3_small.jpg David OSullivan.jpg Rhino Page (l.) of Fresno, Calif. -- sparked by a second-place finish at last month's USBC Team USA Trials as well as strong performances at last year's U.S. Open and USBC Open Championships -- leads the men's standings, 50 points ahead of reigning U.S. Amateur men's champion David O'Sullivan (r.) of Orlando, Fla.

    Team USA newcomer Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, is 127.5 points behind O'Sullivan in third place, powered by his third-place finish at the USBC Team USA Trials.

    Men's Standings

    * Not participating at Pan Am Trials.

    Other Team USA 2007 members scheduled to compete are Marcia Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah; Brenda Viator of Lake Wales, Fla.; Mark Siders of Westerville, Ohio; Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio; John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla.; David Haynes of Las Vegas; Dan Patterson of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Derek Eoff of Greenfield, Wis.

    The Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games but also include those not designated as Olympic Program sports, such as bowling. Conducted every four years, the first Pan American Games were held in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    An estimated 5,500 athletes from 42 countries will compete in 28 sports at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. The bowling competition is scheduled for July 23-26 at Barra Bowling Center, a 20-lane facility located in the Barra Shopping Mall.