NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The National Tenpin Coaches Association recently announced its annual academic awards naming six student-athletes from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore including senior Megan Buja and junior Mariana Alvarado.
In all, the NTCA recognized 165 women’s bowling student-athletes from 35 different schools, up from last season. Fifteen of the scholars were honored with first, second or third team designations with Buja (Rockford, Ill.) and Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) the only two Hawks among those 15.
To be honored student-athletes had to have a minimum of a 3.4 grade point average during the just completed 2013-2014 season. The GPA, along with an evaluation of the voting for the All-America teams, help determine whether a student-athlete is first, second or third team worthy for the academic selection.
Athletically, Alvarado was a second-team All-American while Buja was a third-team nod back in April. Buja graduated this past May with a degree in Human Ecology and a perfect 4.0 GPA and Alvarado is an engineering major who will graduate in May of 2015.
Junior Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) and freshmen Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.), Juliana Franco (Pereira, Colombia) and Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) all earned the Honorable Mention designation from the NTCA for their academic prowess this past season.
The six helped lead the Hawks to their seventh MEAC Championship title this past season. UMES had the most bowlers of any MEAC school.
Fellow conference schools were also represented, all earning honorable mention honors, by bowlers Crystal Connelly, Amoni Knight, Stephanie Sheridan, Ryanne Tyler and Noe’l Walker from Delaware State, Thea Aspiras, Ashley Buck and Carrie Hickey from Norfolk State and MacKenzie Robinson, Kristin Shinn and Jorie Sineath from North Carolina A&T.