2024 USBC Women’s Championships comes to close in Reno

RENO, Nev. – The 2024 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships concluded its run at the National Bowling Stadium on June 30 after welcoming more than 14,500 bowlers to The Biggest Little City in the World.

The 104th edition of the event featured 3,668 four-player teams over 65 days, starting April 27.

The strikes added up over the course of the 2024 event, with a record number of 300s being rolled during the tournament – 11. The previous record was posted last year in Las Vegas with seven perfect games.

Exciting performances were put together across each of the tournament’s four average-based divisions (Diamond, Ruby, Emerald and Sapphire) in team, doubles, singles and all-events competition. The USBC Women’s Championships adjusted its division and average structure for the 2024 event, highlighted by going from six divisions in doubles, singles and all-events to four.

All standings are unofficial and pending final verification.

A record score was posted in Diamond Team, as the members of Cal-Neva Girls of Tracy, California, rolled to a 2,846 total June 9 at the NBS. The group had games of 984, 898 and 964.

The team secured the record and lead by four pins, besting the 2,842 posted May 10 by Ballard vs. the Big C of Long Beach, New York.

Brittany Hillman, a 2012 Scratch Team champion, led the way with games of 276, 258 and 269 for an 803 series and was joined by Karen Reid (733 series), Andrea Castillo (701) and Brittany Tierney (609).

In the final frame, Castillo rolled three strikes in the anchor position to move the team to the top spot.

Hillman recorded one of the two 800s at the 2024 event, bringing the tournament’s all-time total to 15.

The second 800 helped push Sarah Klassen of Wichita, Kansas, to the lead in Diamond Singles on June 23.

Klassen, a 2021 Intercollegiate Team Championships winner at Wichita State University, had games of 245, 268 and 290 to finish with an 803 series.

The performance also marked the first 800 series for Klassen, who also claimed a bronze medal in singles competition for Canada during the 2021 International Bowling Federation World Championships.

On the day after Klassen’s run to the top spot, Sabrena Hershey of Gillette, Wyoming, finished her trek to the lead in Diamond All-Events by one pin, finishing with 2,199.

Hershey, a former collegiate standout at Midland University, posted sets of 784 in team, 709 in doubles and 706 in singles at the National Bowling Stadium.

In Hershey’s final frame, she converted the 2-4-5 combination and recorded a nine count on her fill ball to pass the 2,198 posted by Kayla Pashina of Otsego, Minnesota, on April 30.

The longest tenure at the top of the standings belonged to Erin Czuprynski of New Lenox, Illinois, and Amber Thompson of Danville, Indiana, in Diamond Doubles.

The pair took the lead on April 30 with a 1,474 total.

Czuprynski led the duo with games of 225, 257 and 288 for a 770 series, and Thompson added 268, 191 and 245 for a 704 set.

Two competitors are in position to claim multiple titles at the 2024 Women’s Championships after their run June 20-21 in Reno.

Melinda Walters of Sunrise, Florida, and Mary DeStasio of Coconut Creek, Florida, helped Diamond Dolls of Pompano Beach, Florida, to the top spot in Ruby Team with a 2,519 total.

The team rolled games of 882, 843 and 794, and Walters (596) and DeStasio (696) were joined in the effort by Pompano Beach’s Gloria DeMars (747) and Shaena Clement of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (480).

The following day, Walters and DeStasio were steady in their performance in doubles to take over the lead in the Ruby Division with 1,328. DeStasio had games of 225, 225 and 216 for a 666 series, and Walters contributed 244, 204 and 214 for 662.

DeStasio also finished in second place for Ruby All-Events with a 1,970 total.

Bianca Anderson of Stone Mountain, Georgia, used sets of 689 in singles, 644 in team and 643 in doubles to finish in the lead for Ruby All-Events with 1,976. Her 689 in singles finished tied for second, as Susan Musgrave of Edmond, Oklahoma, posted the top total in Ruby Singles with 691 (248, 253, 190).

In the Emerald Division, three of the top scores were achieved during the final week of the 2024 tournament.

Lana Vigil of Dulce, New Mexico, took the lead in Emerald Singles on June 24 after rolling games of 192, 220 and 244 for a 656 series, and the members of Pick Up Artists of Powell, Ohio, powered their way to the top spot in Emerald Team on June 26 with 2,214.

The team improved with each game at the NBS, rolling scores of 694, 720 and 800. Kathryn Maliwesky led the way with a 610 series and was joined by Annette Ludwig (592), Maureen Malinowski (546) and Cheyenne Ludwig (466).

Cameryn Landers of Calumet Park, Illinois, and Chicago’s Marisol Garcia moved into the lead in Emerald Doubles on June 28, finishing with a score of 1,196. Landers had games of 248, 147 and 226 for a 621 series, and Garcia had 175, 200 and 200 for 575.

Genevieve Randal of Klamath Falls, Oregon, maintained the top spot in Emerald All-Events after posting sets of 617 in singles, 585 in doubles and 567 in team May 11-12 to finish with 1,769.

The top score in Sapphire Team was shared by the members of Prairie Pals II of Bennett, Colorado, and Team Purpureus of Campbell, California, with 1,891.

Prairie Pals II featured Cheryl Campbell (438), Sophie Fernandez (476), Robin Russell (532) and Stephanie Wilson (445). The members of Team Purpureus included Paulette Petro (430), Jennifer Young (411), Kathy Nguyen (520) and Cheryl Rule (530).

Corina Edwards and Melodie Lowke of Robstown, Texas, finished with the lead in Sapphire Doubles at 1,064. Edwards had games of 161, 220 and 174 for 555, and Lowke added 157, 225 and 127 for 509.

Kay Lynn Doney of Bozeman, Montana, rolled sets of 560 in singles, 543 in doubles and 496 in team to finish at the top of the standings in Sapphire All-Events with a 1,599 total.

Milwaukee’s Jennifer Kosoris was tied for second in Sapphire All-Events with a 1,570 score, but she posted the top number in Sapphire Singles after recording games of 232, 202 and 170 for a 604 series.

There were several participation milestones at the 2024 Women’s Championships, as Rilla Yeater of Akron, Ohio, and Sandra Jones of Burleson, Texas, celebrated 50 years at the event. Jacquelyn Nelson of Siler City, North Carolina, became the sixth bowler to reach 60 years of participation at the tournament, while Onalee Kraus of Coldwater, Michigan, became just the second bowler to reach 62 years.

The 2024 event marked the tournament’s 13th visit to Reno and 10th appearance at the National Bowling Stadium.

The Women’s Championships will return to Las Vegas and the South Point Bowling Plaza for both the 2025 and 2026 editions of the tournament. Registration already is open for the 2025 tournament at BOWL.com/WomensChamp.

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