The Nebraska bowling program was well represented at the USBC Team USA Trials over this past weekend in Las Vegas. Former Huskers Diandra Asbaty and Shannon Pluhowsky each earned a spot on Team USA, while current Husker Elise Bolton made the Junior Team USA squad.
Asbaty (formerly Hymanthe), the 2000 National Bowler of the Year, placed second overall in the field of 85 bowlers. Asbaty recorded a total pinfall of 6,587 through five rounds of competition. Asbaty earned her 15th appearance on Team USA.
Pluhowsky, another former Husker great, will be making her 13th appearance as a Team USA member after she finished 12th at the trials with a total pinfall of 6,344. Even though Pluhowsky did not finish in the top three of competition, three other wild card spots are filled through a voting process, and Pluhowsky was one of the three bowlers selected for those spots.
Bolton finished tied for fourth in the overall competition and was second in the junior division with a total pinfall of 6,246. A multiple gold medal winner for Junior Team USA, Bolton will continue to compete for Nebraska this season.
Senior Kristi Mickelson also competed over the weekend, placing 59th in competition. Mickelson tallied a total pinfall of 5,645.
Check back here at Huskers.com for updates for the Nebraska bowling team. The Huskers will be back in action this weekend at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark.