Martha Perez won a bronze in team games at the Colombian Games in November.

Dec. 11, 2012

BOGOTA, Colombia - Five current and former University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women's bowlers will be competing this week in Selectivo 2012-2013 a chance for them to make Colombia's National Team. Current Hawks Anggie Ramirez (Bogota), Valentina Collazos (Cali) and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima) as well as former Hawks Martha Perez (Bogota) and Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima) will all compete Wednesday through Saturday December 12-15 and will carry over previous standings to see who makes the team.

Headlining the event was former Hawk Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) who won the event the previous two years. The former four-time MEAC Player of the Year and NTCA All-American dominated the field last year, besting the second place finisher by over 200 pins and almost six pins in average. After the first leg of the qualifying she stands in sixth place after 32 games with a tally of 6,252 for an average of 195.38.

Two years ago current Hawk and two-time All-American, Ramirez was second overall, but faltered last year and finished 13th overall and averaged 190.73, tallying 9,155 pins. Currently however Ramirez is dominating the field with a tally of 6,725, 52 pins ahead of second place and averaging a 210.16, she looks to hold on to her lead and redeem the 2011 event.

Perez took 11th overall in the field last year with an average of 192.94 and 9,261 pins. The three-time NTCA All-American former Hawk is holding down a top 11 performance currently with a pinfall of 5916 and an average of 184.88

Collazos, bowling in her first season currently as a Hawk was 10th in 2010 and currently sits in 14th with a tally of 5866 and an average of 183.31. Rounding out the field is Munoz who is 22nd with an average of 176.78.



The ladies will bowl 32 more games with total pinfall to determine the final standings. The top six finishers make the team and the top two represent Colombia in international bowling competition throughout the next year.

The quintet are part of 45 women from seven federations - Antioquia, Bogota, Cundinmarca, Quindio, Risaralda, Tolima and Valle that will bowl 32 games overall, on seven different WTBA patterns to determine the top six women who earned automatic spots on Team Colombia for 2013.

Two weeks ago the same five ladies bowled at the Colombian Games, a national contest covering many sports to determine the best in the nation. Ramirez carried the banner high, earning the top spot in the semi-final round, qualifying as one of the final four for the Master's Final. She would fall in that semi-final round to eventual champion Clara Guerrero.

Ramirez amassed 6,535 pins to qualify for that round. Rodriguez just missed the cut, finishing fifth overall with 6,207 pins.

Ramirez earned medals in the all events field with gold, tallying a 208.92 average before the semi round. Rodriguez was fifth there as well while Perez was 16th and Munoz was 21st. Ramirez would also earn gold in the team finals while Collazos took home silver and Perez the bronze. While the event was a team competition, it was unlike what the ladies bowl in NCAA play, known as Bakers. Internationally they bowl individually and combine a score, grouping their province together. Ramirez dominated with a 217.83 average, carrying her team to the finals. She was the only bowler in the team finals to average above 200. She would also pick up a bronze medal in trios.

"The international competition only helps our bowling program," said UMES head coach Kristina Frahm, who herself will bowl in TEAM USA trials in January. "Not only do we compete in these events, we do really well in them. Our current and former bowlers are some of the best bowlers in the world and I'm glad that our schedule allows them to compete in these events."

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