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UMES' women bowlers: scholar-athletes extraordinaire

  • Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    Megan Buja - class of 2014Over the past six seasons, the women's bowling team at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has established itself as one of the sport's premier collegiate programs.  Winners of five National Championships and earning 24 All-America selections over that same time, the program has dominated its conference, the NCAA and the United State Bowling Congress. 

    The Hawks have earned a berth in every NCAA Women's Bowling Championship tournament since its inception in 2004.  As one of the eight at-large teams selected each year, UMES has won three NCAA titles (2008, 2011 and 2012) and in doing so became the only historically black institution to win a women's National Championship at the Division 1 level. 

    In 2011 the team achieved a "trifecta," winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title, followed by the NCAA title and a week later, the USBC Collegiate National Championship.  That squad etched its name in the sports' record books by becoming the only college bowling team to win both National Championships in the same year, and just the second to hold both titles.  UMES also has six MEAC Championships to its credit since 2000. 

    Apart from dominating the lanes, Lady Hawk bowlers are equally formidable in the classroom as well.  Winning the university's Team of Scholars Award for women every year but one since 2000, the team also can claim two Academic All-America award winners, the only two in school history. 

    The UMES bowling team also produced the winner of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award the past three seasons, an honor given to the individual who has the highest grade point average in each NCAA sponsored sport at the championship site.  Kristina Frahm won it her senior year in 2011, while current senior Megan Buja won it 2012 and again in 2013. 

    UMES' women bowlers are scholar-athletes extraordinaire who can claim success on the boards -- and in the classroom.