Team USA's O'Keefe, Janawicz lead PABCON Championship of Champions Singles after Day One


    El Salvador

    Galaxy Bowling Center in San Salvador, El Salvador (June 2-6, 2008)

    2008TEamUSAShannonOKeefe.jpg After struggling through a long, sleepless night thanks to a stomach bug, Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe (left) wasn't sure what to expect in the first Round of singles at the 2008 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championship of the Champions.

    As it turns out, her illness didn't slow her down Tuesday as she took the lead at the halfway point of the singles event at Galaxy Bowling with 1,667 eight games total. Fellow Team USA member John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., leads the men with 1,694.

    "I didn't even think I was going to make it out of the room today because it was pretty bad for a while there," O'Keefe said. "I just wanted to get through today and not pass out. Hopefully, I will be feeling better tomorrow and can come out on fire."

    O'Keefe, of Brookfield, Wis., started with games of 201, 201, 226, 215 and 225 before struggling a bit down the stretch. She closed out the set with 182, 218 and 199.

    "I was exhausted and was getting a little wobbly and dizzy with about three games to go," O'Keefe said. "I was really worried with how I was feeling that I wasn't going to do as well as I did, but I still left a lot of pins out there. It was frustrating but considering the circumstances, it's OK."

    2007WRMAliciaMarcano_small.jpg 2006BWCAidaGranillo_small.jpg Alicia Marcano (l.), Venezuela is just ten pins behind in second place with 1,657, while Aida Granillo (r.) from El Salvador used her home advantage to finish day one in third place with 1,618.

    O'Keefe, Marcano and Granillo are the only women, who averaged over 200 (1600 pinfall) during the first 8-game block. Viviana Delgado, Costa Rica, is a distant fourth with 1,561.

    2008TeamUSAJohnJanawicz.jpg Janawicz (right), meanwhile, used a urethane ball that is nearly 14 years old to take the lead in the men's division.

    2007WRMMarkBuffa_small.jpg He totaled 1,694 and is ahead of Canada's Mark Buffa (l.) by just three pins. Venezuela's Arturo Hernandez sits in third with 1,629, while David Romero, Colombia, is fourth with 1,628. Those four are the only players who cracked the 1600-bar (200 ave.).

    "I decided to go with the urethane ball because it makes moving from pair to pair a lot easier because you generally know how the ball is going to react," said Janawicz, who had games of 194, 243, 215, 259, 180, 192, 222 and 189. "I definitely left a lot of pins out there, but I'm confident heading into tomorrow."

    Singles action continues Wednesday with eight final games to determine the medal winners. The tournament then turns to eight games of mixed doubles action Thursday. The top eight in singles and top eight mixed doubles teams will then compete in the Masters on Friday.

    After each player has completed the 16 games in singles and eight games in mixed doubles, the combined total of 48 games is used to rank the countries to determine the top eight from the American Zone which will advance to the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

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