July 8, 2013
Vanderbilt's Natalie Goodman and Robyn Renslow are among the top youth bowlers in the country representing Junior Team USA at the Pan American Youth Bowling Championships in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from July 7-12. The championships conclude with the Masters competition Friday. For more information on the PABCON Youth Championships, visit the Puerto Rico Bowling Federation website.
Since Robyn and I left Team USA camp in early May and finished our summer session at Vanderbilt in early June, we have been working hard to achieve similar success to last year at the Junior Gold Championship.
In 2012, Robyn won the Junior Gold title and I led the tournament going into match play, earning us spots on Junior Team USA. It was one of the biggest highlights of our careers, along with appearing on national television with our Vanderbilt teammates in the NCAA Championship.
This summer we were chosen to represent USA in Puerto Rico, followed by our last year of Junior Gold. We are currently in Ponce, Puerto Rico, competing for Team USA at the PABCON tournament where we will bowl singles, doubles, trios, and the team event. We wrapped up singles Sunday without a medal on the girls side, but had success on the guys side with all four finishing in the top six and Matt Farber taking the gold.
Robyn and I are eager for doubles Monday, not only to represent USA but also the Vanderbilt community. At the end of the week, we will have compiled a journal describing our experience in Puerto Rico, but until then, there are live updates online, live streaming, and plenty of social media to keep you updated.
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