Sweet Home grad in Queens contention
Lindsay Baker, formerly of Amherst but now living in Brigham City, Utah, bowled the day's third-best round Saturday to jump from 19th to fourth place in the qualifying standings for the USBC Queens Tournament in Euless, Texas.
Baker, who bowled for Sweet Home High and the University of Nebraska, had games of 247, 211, 223, 252 and 223 for a 1,156 total (231.2 average) in her five-game block Saturday to move within just 29 pins of first-place Anita Manns of Houston (1,030-2,265).
Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga started her round Saturday with games of 196 and 198 but finished 247, 214 and 234 for a 1,089 total. Even though that was 26 pins below her total Friday, Johnson moved from 12th to sixth in the standings, entering today's final five-game block.
The field was cut to the top 64 for five more qualifying games this morning. The top 47 and defending champion Missy Parkin will advance to double-elimination match play, starting this afternoon. The Queens finals will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and shown live on ESPN2.
U.S. synchronized swimmers fall short
The United States synchronized swimming team fell short in its bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, finishing sixth at the FINA Olympic Games Qualification Tournament on Saturday in London.
The U.S., of which Michelle Moore of the Town of Tonawanda is a member, scored 89.230 points in the free routine at the London Aquatics Centre to finish sixth overall with 178.030 total points. Russia (195.910), Spain (193.220) and Japan (186.880) qualified for the London Games.
Team USA's Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Maria Koroleva (Concord, Calif.) qualified for the Olympic Games as a duet Friday with a seventh-place finish.
Eight teams and 24 duets will compete at the London Olympics when the synchronized swimming event begins Aug. 5. The eight teams are Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Great Britain, Japan, Russia and Spain.
From News Staff and wire service reports