Mexico earns gold medal, U.S. takes silver in women's doubles competition

    08/04/03

    2003 Pan Am Games

    By Mark Miller

     Mexico's Adriana Perez (pictured right) and Illiana Lomeli (on the left) held off a furious rally by the United States to capture the gold medal Sunday in bowling's women's doubles competition in the 14th Pan American Games at the Sebelen Bowling Center.

    The United States trailed Mexico by 254 pins with four games remaining. Thanks to combined 413, 452 and 417 games by Phoenix's Shannon Pluhowsky and Stacy Werth of Rocklin, Calif., Team USA moved within 75 pins entering the final game. But Lomeli rolled 207 and Perez 199 to give their country a 4,807 final total. Pluhowsky had a 203 final game while Werth had 188 to finish at 4,715.

    Adriana Perez led the field with a 202.50 average while Illiana Lomeli averaged 198.08.

    2003PAGWomenDoublesCOL.jpg Colombia (R-L former Wichita State University star Sara Vargas and Clara Juliana Guerrero) earned the bronze medal with 4,702.

    "We made a nice run," said Werth, a 38-year schoolteacher and mother of two small children. "We did everything we could to get as high as we could. Mexico just held us off." Werth did all she could with 257 and 232 games to help put the U.S. back in gold medal contention. She opened the day with 181, 163 and 190 games.

    "I just got my hand position and lane matched up perfectly," said Werth, who averaged 196 for the event. "I changed hand positions. "We had good teamwork today. We did a nice job of holding together and focus on the goal."

    Two-time defending U.S. Amateur Champion Pluhowsky opened the day with 209, 196 and 223. She had 195 and 185 in the games leading up the finale. "We started off a little slower than we wanted, then Stacy picked me up in the middle games," said Pluhowsky, a 20-year-old left-hander who attends the University of Nebraska. "I bowled okay. I should have bowled better."

    While both were disappointed with not winning, Werth and Pluhowsky were pleased to be part of something special. "This is an inspiration because it means a lot for bowling," Werth said. "This is as close to the Olympics as bowling gets so this is very special." "It's special because I've never bowled this before," said Pluhowsky, who averaged 196.92. "There are not a lot of us who get to do this."

    Women's doubles medals were to be presented Sunday night after the conclusion of men's doubles scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. local time. Singles action begins at 10 a.m. Monday with the first six games in the women's division. The men begin at 3 p.m. that day with the final rounds in both slated for Tuesday.


    Women's Division - Final Standings Doubles


    Countries and players with position, 12-game total and average

    1. Mexico, 4807, 200,29
    Adriana Perez, 2430, 202,50 Illiana Lomeli, 2377, 198,08

    2. United States, 4715, 196,46
    Shannon Pluhowsky, 2363, 196,92/Stacy Werth, 2352, 196,00

    3. Colombia, 4702, 195,92
    Sara Vargas, 2426, 202,17/Clara Juliana Guerrero, 2276, 189,67


    4. Puerto Rico, 4583, 190,96
    Michelle Ayala, 2264, 188,67/Yoselin Leon, 2319, 193,25

    5. Canada, 4504, 187,67
    Jennifer Willis, 2294, 191,17/Robin Crawford, 2210, 184,17

    6. Costa Rica, 4479, 186,63
    Maria Ramirez, 2363, 196,92/Gishelle Araujo, 2116, 176,33

    7. Brazil, 4445, 185,21
    Jacqueline Costa, 2236, 186,33/Luiz Rocha, 2209, 184,08

    8. Bermudas, 4389, 182,88
    Diane Ingham, 2316, 193,00/June Dill, 2073, 172,75

    9. Venezuela, 4387, 182,79
    Margalit Mizrachi, 2267, 188,92/Patricia Ciotti, 2120, 176,67

    10. Dominican Republic, 4341, 180,88
    Aumi Guerra, 2244, 187,00/Annie Henriquez, 2097, 174,75

    11. Panama, 4116, 171,50
    Karen Holder, 2124, 177,00/Ely Bennett, 1992, 166,00

    12. Guatemala, 4111, 171,29
    Sofia Granda, 2246, 187,17/Maria Castillo, 1865, 155,42

    13. Bahamas, 4061, 169,21
    Joanna Woodside, 2049, 170,75/Marina McClain, 2012, 167,67

    14. Argentina, 4040, 168,33
    Laura Lanzavecchia, 2072, 172,67/Marta Quinteros, 1968, 164,00

    15. Aruba, 3939, 164,13
    Renatha Arnold, 1971, 164,25/Susette Croes, 1968, 164,00

    16. Honduras, 2202, 183,50
    Eloina Valle, 2202, 183,50,

    17. Chile, 1969, 164,08
    Mirna Tambormina, 1969, 164,08,