Team USA honored by USOC

2011WWCTeamSmallARLINGTON, Texas - The efforts of Shannon Pluhowsky and her Team USA teammates at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women's Championships last month in Hong Kong were recognized by the United States Olympic Committee on Friday.

Pluhowsky earned second place in the voting for the USOC's Female Athlete of the Month for September, while Pluhowsky and her teammates (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Stefanie Nation, Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson and Shannon O'Keefe) finished third in the voting for the USOC's Team of the Month.

Pluhowsky spearheaded a dramatic and historic effort by Team USA at the World Women's Championships. She became the first woman in the history of the World Championships to earn four gold medals in one tournament and helped lead the U.S. to victories in team, trios and doubles for the first time since 1987.

In the Masters match-play finals, Pluhowsky put on one of the most memorable performances in bowling history, rolling televised games of 300 and 299 in the best-of-five final to win the gold medal.

Track and field athlete Lashinda Demus and wrestler Jordan Burroughs were selected as the USOC's Athletes of the Month, while the U.S. women's track and field 4x100m relay team was awarded Team of the Month honors.

Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline for the monthly honors. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees, with online fan voting via Twitter accounts for 10 percent of the total vote.