PUERTO RICO— While it is a part of the United States, Puerto Rico has many of their own ways of doing things, traditions and standout individuals. With that, Puerto Rico often fields their own National Teams for athletic competition in the region and world. No exception is a National Bowling Team.
Just like squads from Colombia, Mexico, or the United States, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore now has a presence on Team Puerto Rico as well.
Freshman Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) dominated the 32-woman field, averaging a 197.38 to take first place and earn a spot on both the Federación de Bolos Adult and Sub-20 National Teams.
Each day featured new looks, as Lopez bowled on one of four different modified World Tenpin Bowling Association patterns being used for the event. Through the 32 total games over four days of competition, Lopez bowled a cumulative 6316. The first day on Dec. 22, she bowled a 1490 on a 44-foot London pattern. The next day on a 40-foot Athens pattern, she posted a solid 1,568 performance.
The following week on Dec. 29, she bowled a 1558 on a 41-foot Montreal pattern, and followed up that performance with a blistering 1,700 on December 30th on the Stockholm 34 ft. pattern. Her performance over the four days of competition landed her the top spot for both the adult and youth National Teams.
"It feels amazing to have the chance to represent my country again," said a Lopez upon returning to UMES in preparation for the 2013 half of the schedule. "It was wonderful to bowl at home again and have the opportunity to hear my National Anthem after every event."
Lopez and the Hawks will compete this weekend, January 19-20 in Brooklyn, N.Y. at the Terriers New Year Knockdown.