Pan American Games qualifying for Team USA women to be conducted May 2-3


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    Women's Trials will be broadcast live are on Monday and Tuesday

    2011PAGLogo.jpg TeamUSALogo_small.jpgWhen the women of Team USA descend upon the International Training and Research Center next week for their annual training camp, the picture will become a little clearer as to who will represent the United States in the Pan American Games.

    The Pan American Games Women's Trials are on Monday and Tuesday and will be broadcast live on The Trials represent 60 percent of the qualifying process to determine the two women who will compete in the event Oct. 22-27 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    The Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. The United States Olympic Committee has specific requirements for selecting players to compete in the event.

    The 12 members of Team USA, made up of some of the biggest stars in women's bowling, will compete in four eight-game blocks over two days. Total pinfall will determine finishing position, which will assign points to each player that makes up 60 percent of the Pan American Game Trials.

    200910PBAWSShannonOKeefe.jpg2011USBCQCarolynDorinBallard2.jpgThe other 40 percent of the equation is based on how each player finished at the United States Bowling Congress Queens and Bowling's U.S. Women's Open.

    The players are ranked in order of finish with the highest Team USA finisher in each event earning 11 points, second gets 10 and so on. If a player did not compete in an event, they get the same amount of points as the final finisher.

    With the Queens completed, Shannon O'Keefe (pictured left) leads the points list with 24, while Diandra Asbaty and Liz Johnson are tied for second with 21 points. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right) is fourth at 18 points, while Kelly Kulick is fifth with 16 points.

    200910PBAWSStefanieNation.jpgStefanie Nation (left) 2010PCCoCBrendaEdwards2.jpghas 14 points, Shannon Pluhowsky has 12 and Bryanna Caldwell has 10. Brittni Hamilton, Brenda Padilla (right), Tennelle Milligan and Kim Yioulos did not compete in the Queens and each have eight points.

    The final two players who will represent the United States women's team at the Pan American Games will be finalized after the U.S. Women's Open, which will be conducted the end of June.

    The men's qualifying process was completed last month with Bill O'Neill and Chris Barnes earning spots in the event.

    In addition to the Pan American Games Trials, the Team USA women will take part in specialized training at the ITRC, the home of Team USA, throughout the week.


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