Shannon Pluhowsky rallies for women's singles gold medal

    08/06/03

    2003 Pan Am Games

    By Mark Miller

    Shannon_Pluhowsky_3422.jpg Proving once again she's among the best female bowlers in the world, Team USA's Shannon Pluhowsky came from behind to capture the women's bowling singles gold medal Tuesday in the 14th Pan American Games at the Sebelen Bowling Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

    In third place entering the final game, the Phoenix left-hander rolled 246 to move past Guatamala's Sofia Granda and Venezuela's Margalit Mizrachi for the second U.S. bowling gold medal in this competition. She follows Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, and Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn., who captured men's doubles Sunday.

    Pluhowsky started Tuesday a bit slow with 170. She then moved back into contention with 224, 211, 195 and 200 games before her big finale left her at 2,459, a 204.92 average for 12 overall games. After starting with three spares, she had six straight strikes, then a left a solid 7-pin, spared and added nine.

    "Everything happened at the same time," said Pluhowsky of her finish. "I made some good shots early and knocked down nine three times. After that, I wanted to be strong to the pocket, stay clean and hope for the best.

    Pluhowsky capped her junior bowling career with wins in the Masters competition of the 2002 Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Youth and American Zone Championships. She beat the world's best adults in the 2002 AMF World Cup. This followed the 2001 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships as a University of Nebraska freshman.

    For all her previous success, the 20-year-old lefthander ranked this victory as her biggest. "It means a lot because this is as close as we'll ever get to the Olympics," Pluhowsky said. "This is the top."

    Sofia Granda earned the silver medal with 2,424 while Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero collected the bronze with 2,408. Mizrachi finished fourth with 2,394. Team USA's Stacy Werth, Rocklin, Calif., ended 13th at 186.07. She had 189, 204, 186, 173, 154 and 201 games for a 186.07 average.

    "I'm very happy with how I bowled," said Werth. "My bowling was very consistent in singles until that aberration game (154). I just wanted to be higher. "Once I knew I was out of contention, I started working on some things for the world championships."

    The FIQ World Championships are slated for Sept. 9-20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While Werth will be competing, Pluhowsky will not due to school commitments and asthma problems.

    Robin Crawford, a Canadian citizen living in Milwaukee, was 19th with 2,195. Former Wichita State University star Sara Vargas, Colombia, was sixth with 2,328.

    The bowling competition concludes later Tuesday with the final round in men's singles. Medals will be presented about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's competition.


    Women's Division - Final Standings Singles


    Players with position, country, 12-game total (1st-2nd block) and average

    1. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 2459 (1213-1246), 204,92
    2. Sofia Granda, Guatemala, 2424 (1286-1138), 202,00
    3. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 2408 (1230-1178), 200,67


    4. Margalit Mizrachi, Venezuela, 2394 (1234-1160), 199,50
    5. Adriana Perez, Mexico, 2352 (1243-1109), 196,00
    6. Sara Vargas, Colombia, 2328 (1144-1184), 194,00
    7. Maria Ramirez, Costa Mesa, 2316 (1159-1157), 193,00
    8. Illiana Lomeli, Mexico, 2314 (1159-1155), 192,83
    9. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2280 (1167-1113), 190,00
    10. Annie Henriquez, Dominican Republic, 2249 (1098-1151), 187,42
    11. Yoselin Garcia, Puerto Rico, 2247 (1123-1124), 187,25
    12. (pending verification) Michelle Ayala, Puerto Rico
    13. Stacy Werth, United States, 2240 (1133-1107), 186,67
    14. Dianne Ingham, Bermudas, 2233 (1100-1133), 186,08
    15. Jennifer Willis, Canada, 2225 (1131-1094), 185,42
    (tie) Ghiselle Araujo Vargas, Costa Rica, 2225 (1096-1129), 185,42
    17. Jacqueline Costa, Brazil, 2210 (1096-1114), 184,17
    18. Laura Lanzavecchia, Argentina, 2202 (1116-1086), 183,50
    19. Robin Crawford, Canada, 2195 (1122-1073), 182,92
    20. June Dill, Bermudas, 2173 (1059-1114), 181,08
    21. Luiza Rocha, Brazil, 2148 (1060-1088), 179,00
    22. Eloina Valle, Honduras, 2141 (1034-1107), 178,42
    23. Marta Quinteros, Argentina, 2118 (1003-1115), 176,50
    24. Mirna Tabormina, Chile, 2113 (1054-1059), 176,08
    25. Ely Bennett, Panama, 2102 (1023-1079), 175,17
    26. Karen Holder, Panama, 2067 (1085-982), 172,25
    27. Marina McClain, Bahamas, 2064 (978-1086), 172,00
    28. Patricia Ciotti, Venezuela, 2016 (1104-912), 168,00
    29. Renatha Arnold, Aruba, 1950 (977-973), 162,50
    30. Maria Castillo, Guatemala, 1943 (941-1002), 161,92
    31. Susette Croes, Aruba, 1904 (908-996), 158,67
    32. Joanna Whiteside-Powell, Bahamas, 957-WD.