bowlers named All-America honorees
Buja wins her 3rd “Elite 89” award
Ohio – (April 10, 2014) – UMES scholar-athletes Mariana Alvarado and Megan Buja
are All-America honorees in recognition of their performances as elite collegiate
bowlers during the just-completed 2013-14 season.
and Buja were among 15 women receiving the coveted honor at Wednesday’s NCAA
Awards Banquet as eight teams gathered in the Cleveland suburbs here to compete
in this weekend’s national championship tournament.
three-time NCAA champion, is the fourth seed in the tournament heading into
Thursday’s preliminary round.
who has a perfect 4.0 grade point average, also garnered her third straight “Elite
89” award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA
from a team at the championship final site. It is the most prestigious academic
award the NCAA gives out.
the fourth consecutive year UMES won the “Elite” award; alumnus Kristina Frahm,
a former bowler and coach, earned the honor in 2011.
a junior from Mexico, earned second-team All-America honors after being an
honorable mention a year ago. Buja, who is from Rockford, Ill., capped her
four-year career by being named a third-team selection, her first.
Alvarado had sensational years on the lanes and in the classroom. Both were
named First-Team All-Conference and were members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference Championship All-Tournament Team. Most Outstanding Performer honors went
was recognized a week ago by UMES faculty with awards for being the top-performing
students in their respective academic departments.
team’s lone senior and an Academic All-American, averaged just under 200 (pins
per game) for the season, earned two MEAC Player of the Week honors, was a
pre-season All-MEAC selection and a two-time All-Tournament Team
selection. Statistically, her senior
year was the best of her stellar four-year career.
averaged a 199 in the regular season, won the high-game award at the Hawk
Classic, averaged a 207 in Baker-format games and had a pair of MEAC Bowler of
the Week honors.
been a great season for our whole team and especially for these two outstanding
young women,” coach Kayla Bandy said. “I
am so honored to have had the opportunity to coach them this year and am proud
of how well they represent our program, department and university.”
Article and photo courtesy of the UMES athletics department