Bowling: Group of 12 set Guinness world record
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent August 13, 2013 9:46PM
A group of 12 bowlers set a world record on Aug. 3 for most pins knocked down in a 24-hour period. Eight of them were Ryan Tousigant, Sean Quinn Jr., Andrew Loose, Dustin Grace, Kevin Kullman, Alex DeCorte and local bowlers Kym Gossett and Kayla Riffle. | Photos by Anthony Nasella~For the Post-Tribune
Updated: September 15, 2013 6:13AM
DYER — Stardust III manager Shaun Ciesielski has gained a reputation for successfully hosting tournaments, several of which also serve as fundraisers. But it’s safe to say the 9-pin no-tap tournament Ciesielski ran on Aug. 3 was especially memorable because it soon will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In the tournament, 12 bowlers set out to break the world record for most pins knocked down in a 24-hour period. They succeeded with more than two hours to spare, while also making the “Striking out Cancer” fundraiser a huge success with more than $1,000 raised.
The 12 that knocked down 45,879 pins — far surpassing the record of 43,153 pins — were Shaun Quinn Sr., Tony Hubert, Ryan Tousigant, Shaun Quinn Jr., Sean Jackson, Taylor Schwanke, Andrew Loose, Dustin Grace, Kevin Kullman, Alex DeCorte, Kym Gossett and Kayla Riffle.
“Back in 2012, Tony and myself broke the Guinness world record for most pins knocked down in 24 hours for two bowlers,” said Quinn Sr., who along with Hubert organized the team effort. “It was around 25,000, and we finished with 28,900 pins. This year, we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to do a team and we also wanted to do a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. So we did our raffle and we raised about $600 there. It was all for a good cause while trying to break another record.”
Two bowlers would bowl in 10-minute (and for some of the night 15-minute) increments while rotating on a pair of lanes. In theory, it might appear easy. But for those who endured the 24-hour grind, it was anything but.
“I didn’t think bowling for 10 minutes straight was going to be that hard,” said Riffle, whose father, John, won the 9-pin no-tap tournament. “After the first 10 minutes I realized how difficult it was. I figured that I’m one of the youngest and I’ve got this. By the second 10 minutes, I was like, ‘Wow.’ I stand for eight hours at college tournaments and it doesn’t even compare to this.
“You bowl for 10 and then you sit — that’s the hard part. At some point we were seriously considering giving up. The pinsetters were going slow halfway in. Then we realized that we could do this and get to the goal by 10 a.m. It was 9:43 when Sean Jackson threw the last ball. We were going nuts. We were all so tired at that point.”
At about the 12-hour mark, around midnight, the team was feeling the effects of physical and mental exhaustion, brought on in part by some technical difficulties that were occurring. Still, the team had knocked down 22,000 pins at that point — a pivotal goal fulfilled.
“The plan was that if we weren’t at 22,000 at the halfway mark, we would stop,” Quinn said. “In that hour, everybody busted their butts. Sean Jackson and Taylor Schwanke knocked down 1,600 pins in 40 minutes. That was unreal. Getting 12 bowlers to come out and do this is not easy to do. It was grueling and grinding.”
Also grueling was the work for the mechanics — Ciesielski, Matt Cano and a rotating third employee who helped the pinsetters move faster by loading the pins manually for about nine straight hours.
“Everybody was sore when it was done,” Ciesielski said. “The mechanics had to keep up quite a pace. Sean and Tony, who both frequently bowl our King of the Hill, came to me a month ago and they know I’m the king of tournaments. This was a very good cause and I’m proud of what we all accomplished.”
Riffle said she was so exhausted after the record was broken that she started bowling right-handed — with some success.
“I kept knocking down seven or more pins, so I kept bowling right-handed,” she said. “It was really fun and exciting. I really didn’t think we could do it. Getting in the record book is so cool. It isn’t something you do on a daily basis.”
The money raised from the event goes to the Agape Sisterhood Foundation to help build the Healing Garden in Bourbonnais, Ill. — a place for cancer patients, survivors and family members to go for healing and remembering their loved ones.
“Our overall goal is $8,500, so we’ll be doing more fundraisers in the next couple of months,” Hubert said. “We had a great group of bowlers to break the record.”