Chloe Skurzynskic, junior Ladyjacks bowler, has a . earned on the spot Team USA bowling for 2022. Skurzynskic took the spot by winning the American amateur portion of Team USA Trials held the first week of January in Las Vegas.
Skurzynskic said this was only her second time bowling in the trials, and it was surreal to see the . to earn on the spot Adult Team USA because the exist mostly out off professionals.
“I believe I am the only student on the team,’ Skurzynskic said. “Everyone is older; the woman who won the event overall has been on Team USA for 22 years – longer than I have lived.”
But despite being the youngest on the team and the only amateur, Skurzynskic said she is most excited to learn as much as possible from her professional teammates.
This summer she is going to the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for the Team USA camp; for a week, Skurzynskic will practice with professionals she said she grew up with.
“It’s a super cool leatherexperience to be with, literally, the best bowlers in the world,” Skurzynskic said. “To be able to learn from them and also from the people who coach them.”
Even Skurzynskic might not be selected to compete for the team, she said she’s excited about it learn from them this summer.
Amber Lemke, bowling head coach at SFA, said: being a part of Team USA is the highest level you can achieve in bowling, and it presents a great learning possibility not just for Skurzynskic but also the entire SFA women’s bowling team. Skurzynskic will be able to bring back much of what she learns the professional bowlers.
“It’s exciting that she can experience that and bring it back‘ said Lemke. “You know, we’ve had other people on our team who have made it to Junior Team USA before; tthe experience they get at that levelme you can’t replicate that.”
Lemke said this victory for Skurzynskic is a push in the back for the whole lady jackets team to perform better.
“I think once you get a taste of what winning is like, everyone will be better off because you want to keep winning‘ said Lemke. “I love it for the program.”
Hana Roers, lady jackets bowler and ., met for the first time Skurzynskic at the Team USA Trials in 2020. Roers said she has always admired Skurzynskic.
“Chloe worked so hard to deserve this place, and it couldn’t be me more proud from her‘, said Roers. “Chloe lights up the room with her constant silliness and beaming smile, and this hasn’t changed since she [became] the latest U.s. Amateur Champion. I look up to her as a person, not just as an athlete.”
Originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Skurzynskic transferred from University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she had also been on the collegiate bowling team. After not bowling for a year due to COVID-19 restrictions, she decided to switch to SFA.
“SFA has always had a very strongG [bowling] program” Skurzynskic said. “[When] SFA won the NCAA National Championship in 2019, me was at my old university at the time. sFA even beat us in the semifinals… and eventually won the tournament as a whole.”
Now at SFA, Skurzynskic studies psychology and sociology as a subsidiary subject. since bowling has been her passion since she was six years old, she said she will sure to take bowling into the future with her.
“[I’m] be sure to spend the rest of my time here at SFA bowling?,” she said. “I‘and always been interested in the coaching aspect of it so I definitely saw myself stepping into that field. I want to keep it in my life [I’m] just not 100% sure in which aspect.”
except play, Skurzynskic said her favorite part of bowling is the people she met along the way.
“I’ve met really cool people, not just bowling, but really cool, good-hearted people,” Skurzynskic said. “They are people I would like to be friends with outside of bowling; I’ve been able to connect with a lot of people I don’t see leaving my life.”
Bowling is not an Olympic sport, but if: Skurzynskic has been selected to play for Team USA, she could represent the country at the World Games this year in Birmingham, Ala.