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Photo Gallery of champions and top six in each division/classification


CINCINNATI - The 2019 United States Bowling Congress Senior Championships wrapped up last week at Western Bowl as 12 competitors in six age classifications took home titles.

More than 400 bowlers from the United States and Canada competed at the 2019 edition of the event. The tournament has two divisions, Mixed and Women, and each division has six age classifications - 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and above.

Competitors bowled a pair of three-game qualifying sets over two days to determine the top six players in each division for Friday's medal round. The six qualifiers in each division were determined by total pinfall, including handicap.

Pinfall was dropped for the medal round but bowlers did receive bonus pins based on their qualifying position (50 bonus pins for first, 40 pins for second, etc.).

In the Women's division, three of the top qualifiers were able to win their age group.

M. Lynn Johnson of Hueytown, Alabama, Susan Sweatman of Trout Creek, Montana, and Lucia McKnight of Columbiaville, Michigan, stayed at the top of the standings to claim titles in the 55-59, 65-69 and 70-74 age divisions, respectively.

Brenda Dokes of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Mary Ann Compton of Grantville, Georgia, each recorded a victory as the No. 3 qualifier, taking the top spots in 60-64 and 75 and above, respectively.

Marion Kosiak of Goffstown, New Hampshire, posted the largest score in either division (757), including handicap and bonus pins, to win the Women's 50-54 division.

The Mixed division also saw three top qualifiers hold position in their respective age divisions.

Indianapolis' Richard Lynn (50-54), Ben Hoefs of Mobile, Alabama (70-74), and Anita Schwantes of Marshfield, Wisconsin (75 and above), maintained solid performances from qualifying into the medal round to claim victories.

Bex Talania of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the lone champion from Canada, winning the Mixed 60-64 category.

Mike Taylor of Somerset, Kentucky, had the biggest jump of any competitor in the medal round at the 2019 USBC Senior Championships, going from fourth to first in the 55-59 division.

Michael Mai of Russell, Kansas, put together a consistent performance on his way to winning the 65-69 Mixed title.

Bowlers at the 2019 Senior Championships earned their spots in the national event through their state or province senior tournaments.