Loredo, Peters Earn Junior Team USA Selection

Vandy duo impressive at USBC Team Trials

by Rod Williamson

LAS VEGAS – The Vanderbilt bowling program’s impressive week-long showing at the USBC Team Trials culminated Friday evening with Paige Peters and Jennifer Loredo earning berths on Junior Team USA.

The USA Team Trials attracts elite bowlers on all levels from professionals to juniors competing for five days and 30 games for spots on Team USA and Junior Team USA, based on age and other criteria.

Peters, a freshman from Toms River, New Jersey, and Loredo, a sophomore from Fresno, California, finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the overall amateur standings getting them automatic USA spots based on the pecking order of finishers.

Mabel Cummins, a junior at Vandy, finished fourth in the overall amateur and narrowly missed making the three-woman stepladder which determines the United States Amateur champion. Cummins was seeking a spot on Team USA.

Caroline Thesier, another Commodore sophomore, placed eighth in the overall amateur standings. The North Carolina product already had earned a Junior Team USA roster spot in previous competition.

Vanderbilt had nine of its 11 team members competing in the prestigious event and impressively had six of the top 23 amateurs. Freshman Kaylee Hitt of Cold Spring, Kentucky, had a monster Friday showing including games of 255 and 256 and jumped all the way to 22nd place while senior Angelica Anthony was close behind in 23rd.

Other Dores competing included Kailee Channell (32), Amanda Naujokas (36) and Angelique Dalesandro (69).

The Commodores remain in Las Vegas and are scheduled to start competing in the Stormin’ Blue and White Vegas Classic on Saturday.