BOGOTA, Colombia- Four current and former University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowlers competed last week in Team Colombia Trials to make the Colombian National Team.
Current Hawks Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima) and Juliana Franco (Pereira) as well as former Hawks Anggie Ramirez (Bogota) and Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima) competed in Bogota from December 7-10 and then in Cali from December 12-15 in a grueling eight game a day, 64 game total pinfall tryout to make the team. UMES had a strong presence in Munoz. She finished second in the Under 23 (Youth) and Second Tier (bowlers who have not qualified for the Colombian Adult Team in the past five years) Divisions, and eighth overall in the Adult Division with an average of 195.88 and total pinfall of 12,536.
The second place finishes in the Under 23 and Second Tier Divisions qualifies Munoz for the Iberoamerican Championship and the Central American and the Caribbean Championship events which will be held in the Dominican Republic. She also qualifies for the Central American Youth Championship which will be held in Panama, as well as the South American Youth Championship in Chile and the World Youth Championship held in Hong Kong. UMES also had Franco participating in the Colombian Team Trials.
Franco got off to a rough start but finished strong to finish in 11th in the Under 23 Division and 19th in the Adult Division. She totaled 11,361 pins in the 64 qualifying games which averaged out to 177.52.
Ramirez led the Hawk Alum finishing second overall, earning a spot on the National Team, after averaging an impressive 252 the last day to jump into that position. Ramirez tallied 2,016 in the last block, and finished overall with 13,489 pins to average 210.77 for the 64 games. She finished third last year, 13th in 2011 and second overall in 2010. Joining her on the National Team will be Rodriguez who totaled 13,144 pins over the 64 games to average 205.38, which placed her in fourth place overall. She finished fifth in last year's trial and has won the event twice in her career.
The four Hawks participated in the event on eight different WTBA patterns and with 36 women from seven states – Antioquia, Bogota, Boyaca, Quindio, Risaralda, Tolima, and Valle. Clara Guerrero won the event with a total pinfall of 13,565, averaging 211.95. Munoz and Franco will be staying in Colombia for the UMES academic holiday and will return to UMES to bowl in the Kutztown Invite from Jan. 24-26.