NEBRASKA STANDOUTS READY FOR 2016 WORLD BOWLING YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
ARLINGTON, Texas - While top competitors from nearly
40 countries make their way to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the 2016 World
Bowling Youth Championships, two members of Junior Team USA will find
themselves feeling right at home as the biennial event gets underway
Julia Bond and Gazmine Mason already have brought a National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship to Lincoln as
members of the University of Nebraska women's bowling team, and they'll
look to collect medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters
competition for Junior Team USA at Sun Valley Lanes from July 26-Aug.
Bond and Mason helped the Cornhuskers capture the 2015 NCAA title
against Stephen F. Austin. Bond, competing as a freshman, was named the
tournament's most outstanding bowler.
"Bowling with Gazmine has been an exciting learning experience," said
Bond, a three-time Junior Team USA member. "I've been fortunate enough
to win a national championship with her as well as lose one with her.
She's seen me at my highest and lowest, and I've seen her there, too. We
made a commitment to each other during the season to be there no matter
what, and to not only push one another, but to support and raise the
other up. That commitment still stands, and to represent our country as
teammates means a lot to both of us because it's not an experience many
get to share."
In the title match of the 2016 NCAA championship, Nebraska once again
faced off against Stephen F. Austin. The Ladyjacks, led by reigning
National Tenpin Coaches Association Division I National Player of the
Year Stephanie Schwartz, captured their first national title in the
decisive Game 7, 247-192, to deny the Cornhuskers back-to-back
Schwartz and Jordan Richard, who joined Schwartz as a NTCA First-Team
All-American in 2016 with Arkansas State, will team with Bond and Mason
in Lincoln for the World Youth Championships.
The familiarity these players have developed while competing against
each other through collegiate bowling will serve as common ground as the
team looks to improve on its bronze-medal finish at the 2014 World
Youth Championships in Hong Kong. Schwartz was a member of the team that
traveled to Hong Kong.
"Julia and I already have developed a chemistry, but I also have
developed chemistry with Stephanie and Jordan by communicating with them
during collegiate tournaments and individual events," said Mason, a
two-time Junior Team USA member who captured a gold medal in singles at
the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships. "In
order for the team to take the gold, I truly believe focus,
communication, positive energy and thoughts, enjoying ourselves and
having the desire to win all are needed in order for us to succeed."
Bond and Mason have made their way to Lincoln from different parts of
the country but have developed a relationship with the community. Bond
hails from Aurora, Illinois, and Mason is from Cranston, Rhode Island.
"Bowling at the World Youth Championships is a great opportunity to
represent the United States as well as the city that's become my second
home," said Bond, the 2013 Junior Gold Championships winner. "It's very
special to me because I love doing what I can to give back to the people
who have helped me and given me the resources to perform at my highest.
To be able to bowl in such an important tournament makes me very
excited to see what we can do."
Now, they will look to give the Nebraska faithful another performance
to cheer about as they represent their country and community.
"Competing at the World Youth Championships is an honor, but having
it in Lincoln also means a lot," said Mason, the recipient of the 2016
Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow award. "For one, my dad will be able
to watch me bowl for Junior Team USA. And, at UNL, we all agree 'there's
no place like Nebraska.' The fan base here is absolutely phenomenal.
The people are die-hard Nebraska fans, so winning medals, preferably
gold, would be very special to me."
Junior Team USA is seeking its third consecutive boys' gold medal in
the team event at the World Youth Championships. The 2016 team will
feature Kamron Doyle, Wesley Low, Anthony Simonsen and Michael Tang.
Doyle and Low were on the team that successfully defended the title
at the 2014 event at the South China Athletic Association Bowling
Other countries represented at the 2016 World Youth Championships
will be: Australia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
England, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea,
Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru,
Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taipei, Ukraine,
Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
BOWL.com's BowlTV will broadcast wire-to-wire coverage at the 2016
World Youth Championships, starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern with
The World Youth Championships will kick off with an opening ceremony
Sunday at 7 p.m. Eastern, and official practice sessions will take place
For more information on the World Bowling Youth Championships, visit WorldBowling.org.
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