Former Nebraska bowler Diandra Asbaty (formerly Hyman) won the USBC 2012 Queens Championship in Arlington, Texas at the International Training and Research Center on Tuesday night. The three-time NTCA All-American and former National Collegiate Bowler of the Year defeated USBC Hall-of-Famer Carolyn Dorin Ballard, 244-227 to win the championship. The win marks Asbaty-Hyman's first career major victory.
Asbaty-Hyman had to strike with her first throw in the tenth frame, after stringing together five strikes prior, to seal the victory Tuesday evening. The 14-time member of Team USA did just that to conclude the event.
Earlier in the day, Asbaty-Hyman defeated Liz Johnson (233-191) and Stefanie Nation (270-185) to advance to the event's championship.
Asbaty-Hyman had a stellar career at Nebraska, earning the 2002 Student Athlete of the Year award and amassing three selections to the NTCA All-American team, three selections to the NTCA Academic All-American team and is the 2000 National Collegiate Bowler of the Year. Asbaty-Hyman is second all-time at Nebraska with 63,065 pinfall and is second all-time in event appearances. Individually, Asbaty-Hyman earned 20 top-ten finishes at NU, along with four event titles.
A 131 women's bowlers competed in the Queens, which featured a prize fund of $110,000.
Tuesday's Championship Results
Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 268-223 (Earnest finishes fifth, earns $3,000)
Diandra Asbaty, Chicago def. Johnson, 233-191 (Johnson finishes fourth, earns $5,000.)
Asbaty def. Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 270-185 (Nation finishes third, earns $7,000.)
Asbaty def. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 244-227 (Dorin-Ballard finishes second, earns $10,000; Asbaty finishes first, earns $20,000.)