Stretch sits third, Street 10th after first round of qualifying at 2024 IBF Youth World Cup in Peru

Qualifying Round 1 - Women's Standings
Qualifying Round 1 - Men's Standings

LIMA, Peru
– Junior Team USA bowlers Jenna Stretch of Auburn Township, Ohio, and Carter Street of Dublin, Ohio, authored steady performances during Monday’s opening round of qualifying at the 2024 International Bowling Federation Youth World Cup, which is being contested at VIDENA Bowling Center of La Villa Deportiva Nacional (VIDENA) in Lima, Peru.

Stretch put up scores of 202, 180, 181, 223, 197 and 192 for a six-game total of 1,175 (a 195.83 average), which was good enough for third place in the 14-player women’s field during Round 1.

Colombia’s Sara Duque earned the top spot in the women’s standings on Monday with a score of 1,236 (a 206 average). Malaysia’s Nur Hazirah Binti Ramli was second with 1,209 while Costa Rica’s Elena Weinstok and Czech Republic’s Eliska Krummerova tied for the final two spots in the opening-day women’s top five with matching scores of 1,143.

On the men’s side, Junior Team USA’s Street placed 10th on opening day with a six-game total of 1,235 (a 205.83 average) thanks to games of 195, 205, 201, 187, 234 and 213.

Colombia’s Samuel Calderon bested the 21-player men’s field with a score of 1,403 (a 233.83 average), which included a 300 game during Game 3.

The remaining positions in the men’s Round 1 top five were secured by Sweden’s Robin Ilhammar (1,344), Czech Republic’s Lukas Jelinek (1,302), Malaysia’s Megat Zaqrul Msiqal (1,298) and Qatar’s Hazeem Al Muraikhi (1,287).

Monday’s action marked the first time that either Stretch or Street had been given the opportunity to compete for Junior Team USA. After their rounds were completed, both bowlers discussed the pride and sense of gratitude they felt during their debut performances.

“I am very grateful because this was the first time that I got to wear U-S-A on my back, so I just wanted to do the best that I can and represent my country in the best way,” Stretch said.

Street’s take was similar.

“Bowling for Team USA for the first time was very exciting, and it’s something I hope I get to do more in the future,” Street said. 

The future can wait, however, as Street and Stretch have plenty of bowling left to do this week in Peru, and both are focused on improving each time they hit the lanes.

“I just need to take everything I learned today and make it better tomorrow,” Street said. “I need to make surface changes and just be smarter about what I already know now.”

Stretch also will be looking to apply what she learned during Round 1 to bring about even better results on Day 2.

“I need to execute better and become confident in myself,” Stretch said. “We’re going to try to change some surfaces and lines, so I just need to try to get a bit more comfortable and do the best that I can do.”

All competitors in both divisions will bowl two more six-game qualifying blocks, one Tuesday and one Wednesday.

After qualifying has been completed, all 14 women and the top 16 men will advance to round-robin match play, which will be contested on Thursday.

Only eight men and eight women will survive round-robin play and remain in medal contention when best-of-three-game matches are contested during the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds on Friday, which will be the final day of competition at the 2024 Youth World Cup.

Quarterfinal-round matchups will see the No. 1 seed facing the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 seed battling the No. 7 seed and so on.

The four quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round while those that fall will be eliminated.

Once the semifinals are completed, the two winners in each division will advance to bowl for gold and silver. The bowlers who come up short during the semis will square off to decide who takes home the men’s and women’s bronze medals.

After all medals have been conferred, the day will end with athletes and coaches taking part in the closing ceremonies and banquet to officially bring the 2024 Youth World Cup to a close.

For tournament results, standings and information, visit the Peruvian Bowling Federation’s website,

For more information on Junior Team USA, visit