ARLINGTON, Texas- ?The University of Maryland Eastern Shore entered its last national championship ranked 10th in the nation by the International Bowling Media Association.
The organization released its poll prior to the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships and the Hawks had their highest ranking of the season. UMES was ranked 15th in the previous poll, released in March.
The Hawks earned an even 100 points in the poll, 32 better than the previous month. As they were last month, the Shockers of Wichita State were ranked in the top spot. Webber International, Robert Morris (Ill.), Lindenwood and Pikeville rounded out the top five.
Robert Morris (Ill.) would go on to defeat Pikeville in the finals of the ITC. Both Wichita State and Webber International would be eliminated early in the championship and finish worse than the Hawks. In the April poll Midland, Grand View, Newman and Notre Dame would be ranked sixth through ninth. UMES defeated Midland and Newman along the way but would be eliminated by Grand View.
Fellow NCAA schools Sacred Heart, McKendree, Stephen F Austin, Kutztown and Adrian would also be ranked in the top-20 in the poll. This was up from no other NCAA school ranked in the previous poll. As one of only two women's bowling programs in the nation to win both an NCAA and USBC Collegiate Championship and the only to win both in the same year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks are ranked in several polls each season and are currently standing at third in both the National Tenpins Coaches Association coaches and media polls. To be included in the writer's polls, teams must be members of the USBC and have competed in sanctioned events throughout the season.
Many of the NCAA teams ranked in the NTCA polls are not members of the USBC, thus excluding them from the polls. Others, like UMES, have bowled mainly NCAA events, not USBC specific ones, lowering the amount of events they can be evaluated at against USBC only schools.
This is the final IBMA poll this season. UMES finished the season at 95-23, taking fifth at the USBC and third at the NCAA National Championships.