University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - University of Maryland Eastern Shore had more than a month off during the winter break, but that didn't mean they spent that time relaxing. Five of the Hawks bowled in international events and made quite an impact as two earned spots on their country's national team and another took a bronze medal in their adult nationals.

UMES has a strong representation from the nation of Colombia and its bowlers shined on the world's stage. Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) and Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) took first and second place respectively in the 2011 Colombia Team Trials in late December at the Sports Complex in Belen in Medellin. They will represent Colombia in the 16th Pan American Games 2011 at Bolerama Tapatío, Guadalajara, Mexico (bowling competition Oct. 22-27, 2011).

They also qualify to bowl in the Central American Games in March, but will miss the event because UMES will be bowling the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships. Rodriguez and Ramirez along with the next four finishers will participate in the 2011 Women's World Championships at Hong Kong Bowling City in Hong Kong, China (Sept. 2-11, 2011).

The pair were part of 25 women from ten federations - Antioquia, Bogota, Boyaca, C/Marca, Caldas, Quindio, Risaralda, Santander, Tolima and Valle that bowled seven 8-game blocks, 56 games overall, on seven different WTBA patterns from Dec. 12th through 18th to determine the top six women who earned automatic spots on Team Colombia for 2011.

Rodriguez started her 56-game series with three sub-par blocks based on a 200 average (1533, 1564, 1551) but closed out the competition with 1731, 1750, 1800 and 1699 to lead the women's field with 11628 pinfall total and an average of 207.64. Ramirez was 65 pins behind in second place with 11563.

"I have never bowled so much in one event," said Ramirez. "It was a lot of work but the end results was well worth it."

Fellow All-American Martha Perez (Bogota, Colombia) also bowled in the event taking ninth place overall. She bowled well, averaging a 190.84 on a pin fall of 10687.

In another team trial Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.) went out for Team USA along with 71 other women. The event held at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev. saw Frahm finish in 22nd place overall. She averaged a 197.94 on a pin fall of 7,126. She rolled totals each day of 1797, 1801, 1832 and 1696. Shannon Pluhowsky, a Nebraska alumn, won the event with a 220.36 average while Liz Johnson and Brenda Padilla were second and third.

In other international competition, Ramirez bowled in the Colombian Adult Nationals in November. She took the bronze medal in the event, falling in the Master's semi-finals to Paola Gomez, 694-604. Ramirez was solid the entire event, taking the gold medal in doubles, the silver in triples, the gold in team and fifth in singles. Her doubles tally of 2735 and pair average of 227.92 were a new national record and she set a personal record for overall finish in a national level tournament.

"The international competition only helps our bowling program," said UMES head coach Sharon Brummell. "Not only do we have a presence in these events, we do really well in them. It is a testament to the talent of our young ladies and the quality of our program. I couldn't be happier for any of them."