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South Americans sweep final CofC golds

Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications
Published: May 12, 2012 | Bowl.com
LAKE WALES, Fla. - The final day of the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions belonged to countries from South America as Venezuela took the mixed doubles gold, while Colombia swept the individual Masters titles.

Karen Amleto smallVenezuela's Amleto Monacelli and Karen Marcano defeated Team USA's Steve Smith and Liz Johnson, 493-409, to win the mixed doubles Masters at the Kegel Training Center.

Colombia's Paola Gomez knocked off Johnson for the women's Masters title, while her brother, Andres Gomez, defeated Canada's Dan MacLelland to take the men's Masters gold.

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In the mixed doubles championship match, Team USA got off to a slow start and never recovered in earning the silver medal. Monacelli fired a 259 game, while Marcano had 234 in the winning effort. Johnson shot 239 and Smith had 170 for Team USA.

"We just fell short in the final matches," Team USA assistant coach Kim Terrell-Kearney said. "Looking back, I don't think we would do a whole lot differently. Sometimes you just get beat."

Gomez smallPaola Gomez came out strong against Johnson in the women's Masters title match and cruised to a 246-216 victory. In the men's title match, Andres Gomez took down MacLelland, 236-209. The losers in the championship matches took silver medals.

In the mixed doubles semifinals, Venezuela defeated Brazil, 427-405, while Team USA knocked off Puerto Rico, 514-416. Brazil and Puerto Rico shared the bronze medal.

Andres Gomez barely survived in the men's semifinals, defeating Brazil's Marcelo Suartz, 245-244, while MacLelland advanced 279-217 over Monacelli. Johnson defeated Guatemala's Sophia Granda, 258-234, while Paola Gomez knocked off Marcano, 213-176, in the women's semifinals. All semifinal losers shared bronze medals.

A total of 18 countries were represented in the PABCON Champion of Champions, which features one man and one woman from each country.

2012 PABCON CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
At Kegel Training Center, Lake Wales, Fla.
Saturday's results

MEN'S MASTERS
(One-game matches)

Quarterfinals

Andres Gomez, Colombia def. Ernesto Franco, Mexico, 224-172
Marcelo Suartz, Brazil def. Alberto Lizano, Costa Rica, 223-211
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela def. Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 226-212
Dan MacLelland, Canada def. Steve Smith, United States, 217-207

Semifinals
Gomez def. Suartz, 245-244
MacLelland def. Monacelli, 279-217

Championship

Gomez def. MacLelland, 236-209

WOMEN'S MASTERS
(One-game matches)

Quarterfinals

Paola Gomez, Colombia def. Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 237-230
Liz Johnson, United States def. Neishka Cardona, Puerto Rico, 298-190
Sophia Granda, Guatemala def. Thashaina Seraus, Aruba, 192-167
Karen Marcano, Venezuela def. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 196-168

Semifinals
Gomez def. Marcano, 213-176
Johnson def. Granda, 258-234

Championship

Gomez def. Johnson, 246-216

MIXED DOUBLES MASTERS
(One-game matches)

Quarterfinals

Puerto Rico def. Mexico, 441-432
United States def. Guatemala, 436-349
Brazil def. Colombia, 400-376
Venezuela def. Canada, 457-401

Semifinals
Venezuela def. Brazil, 427-405
United States def. Puerto Rico, 514-416

Championship

Venezuela def. United States, 493-409

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