Former Husker Shannon Pluhowsky is in fifth place after day one at the Team USA Trials.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Husker Bowlers Faring Well at Team USA Trials

By NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska bowling program was well represented on day one of the USBC Team USA Trials Thursday in Las Vegas. Three former Huskers and two current Big Red bowlers rank among the top 31 bowlers in the field after day one of the five-day competition.

Sophomore Elise Bolton, a native of Merritt Island, Fla., sits in 11th place after the first day of competition. Bolton posted a total pinfall of 1,246 on Monday. She averaged 207.67 over her six games, with a high of 233 in her final game. A multiple gold medal winner for Junior Team USA, Bolton was Nebraska's top finisher at the Track Kat Klassic last month, finishing 14th overall with a 204.6 average.

Senior Kristina Mickelson finished her day with three straight games over 200, averaging a 195.17 to sit in 31st place with a total pinfall of 1,171. A native of Bellevue, Neb., Mickelson was a first-team All-American last season and was a member of Nebraska's 2009 national championship team.

Among the former Huskers performing well on the first day of the trials were Brenda Padilla (2nd place), Shannon Pluhowsky (5th) and Diandra Asbaty (6th). Padilla posted the highest two games of the day, twice rolling a 269 in her six games. Overall, her pinfall total of 1,332 is just 42 behind leader Kristina Frahm. Padilla, formerly Edwards, was an All-American at Nebraska in 1995 and 1997.

Pluhowsky sits in fifth place with a total pinfall of 1,304 and a 217.33 average. One of the most decorated bowlers in NU history, Pluhowsky was a four-time All-American and was the national collegiate Bowler of the Year in 2001, 2004 and 2005, winning a school-record 12 titles in her Husker career. Pluhowsky holds nine school records, including highest single-season and career pinfall and average.

Asbaty posted a total pinfall of 1,301 on day one, finishing with a 216.83 average. During her Husker career, Asbaty was a three-time All-American and a three-time Scholastic All-American while bowling 308 games from 1998 to 2002, tying for the highest total in school history.

Competition continues on Friday at day two of the Team USA Trials in Las Vegas. Complete results, live scoring and live video can be found at


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