NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) recently announced their annual academic awards and six University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) student- athletes made the list with senior Anggie Ramirez earning a First-Team Academic All-NTCA nod while classmate T'nia Falbo earned Third-Team recognition.
The NTCA honored 15 student-athletes with first, second and third selections based upon a combination of athletics and academic performance. To be in consideration for the award student- athletes must have had a minimum GPA of 3.4 during the 2012-13 academic year. The team designations are allotted to the athletes who, in addition to the 3.4 GPA, drew the most voting support from the All-America teams.
Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) recently graduated with a degree in computer science while Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) matriculated in Accounting. Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia) a fellow senior, earned Honorable Mention honors and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
In all the NTCA listed 164 student-athletes with the minimum GPA and bowling success. Junior, CoSIDA Academic All-American and two-time NCAA Elite 89 winner, Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) as well as sophomore duo Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) were all included in the Honorable Mention list, giving the 2013 USBC Collegiate National Champions six honorees. The trio is majoring in human ecology, engineering and rehabilitation psychology respectively.
The six helped lead the Hawks to their fifth National Championship and second overall USBC Collegiate title this past season.
Ramirez earned her third All-America honor, MEAC Player of the Year and Runner-Up honors to College Bowler of the Year while Falbo picked up her second All-America honor as well as conference honors. Alvarado earned her first ever All-America honor this season. Fellow MEAC schools were also represented with Norfolk State's Thea Aspiras earning Third- Team honors. Eight other MEAC bowlers from Delaware State, Norfolk State and North Carolina A&T also made the honorable mention list.