Page and Asbaty lead U.S. Pan Am Games Team Trials after Day 1


    Team USA

    Olympic Lanes and USBC testing facility in Milwaukee, Wis. (Feb. 16-17, 2007)

    2006BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg 2007PAGTTRhinoPage_small.jpg Rhino Page and Diandra Asbaty have positioned themselves atop the men's and women's leaderboard after day one in the U.S. 2007 Pan Am Team Trials, which will determine the two men and two women, who will represent The United States in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    The trials feature four separate tournaments on four different lane oil patterns. Page, who led the point standings heading into the trials booked has booked his spot for the Pan Am Games after leading the nine-player men's field on two of the three patterns Friday at Olympic Lanes. Mark Siders, Cassidy Schaub and U.S. champion David O'Sullivan will battle it out for the second place in the final block at the United States Bowling Congress testing facility on Saturday.

    On the women's side, previous leader and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Lynda Barnes slipped to third place on the first day. Word Cup champion Diandra Asbaty who had the highest average (229.80) of all players over the fifteen games yesterday jumped to the top with Tennelle Milligan in second place. Those three will battle it out for the women's spots.

    Page and Asbaty rolled a 300-game each during the first block of five games.

    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 multiplied by 45 to earn 540 points for the event.)
    Pattern 1 - 44 feet long with 21.88ml oil
    Pattern 2 - 39 feet long with 27.16ml oil
    Pattern 3 - 34 feet long with 18.84ml oil
    Pattern 4 - 42 feet long with 19.44ml oil

    PAGRio2007Logo_small.jpg 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.

    Men Standings after 3 of 4 blocks

    Women Standings after 3 of 4 blocks