Guatemala's Sofia Granda leads women's singles

    08/05/03

    2003 Pan Am Games

    By Mark Miller

    2002WRMSofiaGranda.jpg Guatemala's Sofia Granda (left) averaged 214,33 for six games on the 32-feet short-oil patter to take the women's lead Monday in the 14th Pan American Games at the Sebelen Bowling Center. Granda's 1,286 total featured 224, 183, 222, 227, 185 and 245 games. Puerto Rico's Michelle Ayala was second with 1,258 and Mexico's Adriana Perez was third with 1,243.

    Team USA's Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, held sixth place with 1,213 (202.17 average) while teammate and fellow Pan Am doubles silver medallist Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif., was 11th at 1,133 (188.83).

    Pluhowsky, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nebraska, started with 171, then came on strong with 202, 215, 211 and 222 before finishing with 192. "I was very pleased. I usually struggle on the shorter condition," the left-handed Pluhowsky said. "Physically, I felt better." Werth, a 38-year-old schoolteacher and mother of two young children, had 188, 189, 184, 190, 188 and 194 games.

    "I was very consistent," said the right-handed Werth. "I would have liked to be higher consistent. I'm in the right area. It's a matter of putting a few more good games together." Both players felt their strong doubles showing Sunday helped them prepare for singles competition.

    "It helped me because I was able to get comfortable on the lanes," Pluhowsky said. "Today I had a better idea of how to attack the shot pattern." "It helped me because I was in position better," Werth said. "The first time I was up and down. This time I was more consistent."

    Robin Crawford, a Canadian citizen living in Milwaukee, was 14th with 1,122. Former Wichita State University star Sara Vargas, Colombia, was 10th with 1,144.

    The opening round of men's singles was to be held later Monday. Final singles action takes place Tuesday with the women at 10 a.m. and the men at 3 p.m. Singles medals will be presented about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's competition.


    Women's Division - Singles after the first block


    Players with position, country, six-game total and average

    1. Sofia Granda, Guatemala, 1286, 214,33
    2. Michelle Ayala, Puerto Rico, 1258, 209,67
    3. Adriana Perez, Mexico, 1243, 207,17
    4. Margalit Mizrachi, Venezuela, 1234, 205,67
    5. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 1230, 205,00
    6. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 1213, 202,17
    7. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 1167, 194,50
    8. Maria Ramirez, Costa Rica, 1159, 193,17
    (tie) Illiana Lomeli, Mexico, 1159, 193,17
    10. Sara Vargas, Colombia, 1144, 190,67
    11. Stacy Werth, United States, 1133, 188,83
    12. Jennifer Willis, Canada, 1131, 188,50
    13, Yoselin Leon, Puerto Rico, 1123, 187,17
    14. Robin Crawford, Canada, 1122, 187,00
    15. Laura Lanzavecchia, Argentina, 1116, 186,00
    16. Patricia Ciotti, Venezuela, 1104, 184,00
    17. Diane Ingham, Bermudas, 1100, 183,33
    18. Annie Henriquez, Dominican Republic, 1098, 183,00
    19. Jacqueline Costa, Brazil, 1096, 182,67
    (tie) Ghiselle Araujo, Costa Rica, 1096, 182,67
    21. Karen Holder (photo), Panama, 1085, 180,83
    22. Luiza Rocha, Brazil, 1060, 176,67
    23. June Dill, Bermudas, 1059, 176,50
    24. Mirna Tabormina, Chile, 1054, 175,67
    25. Eloina Valle, Honduras, 1034, 172,33
    26. Ely Bennett, Panama, 1023, 170,50
    27. Marta Quinteros, Argentina, 1003, 167,17
    28. Marina McClain, Bahamas, 978, 163,00
    29. Renatha Arnold, Aruba, 977, 162,83
    30. Joanna Woodside, Bahamas, 957, 159,50
    31. Maria Castillo, Guatemala, 941, 156,83
    32. Susette Croes, Aruba, 908, 151,33