A WALK WITH A HAWK ... FEATURING: ANGGIE RAMIREZ
Nov. 15, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – There is a formula that is working well for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. It is in the form of the school’s bowling team; a squad that has won back-to-back NCAA titles and three in the past five years. Whether it is the experienced coaching staff, solid recruiting efforts or player camaraderie, something is brewing correctly in Princess Anne.
The combination has brought an enormous amount of success for the Hawks. Factor in the 2011 USBC Championship, and the program has become nothing short of a national powerhouse.
Over the past few years, the team has featured players from all over the United States and Latin America. This year’s team has nine players on its roster, five of which are non-nationals. There are three from Colombia and one each from Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Of all the players on UMES’ roster, none may have had a bigger impact than that of senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia).
The 2012 NTCA All-American honoree was one of three current Hawks that won NCAA and USBC titles in 2011. She was honored as last season’s MEAC Preseason Player of the Year and was a big part of the Hawks’ 108-36 record a year ago. It was her effort that propelled the Hawks to a 29-1 mark in conference play.
She loves bowling in the United States, but is very proud of her Colombian heritage.
“I love my country,” said Ramirez. “I feel proud to be a Colombian. It is not as the news show it. We have had some bad years but it is not like that anymore. I cannot be more proud of two things: my family and my country.”
Her love for her country was developed around the same time she arrived on the Colombian bowling scene. She won 10 consecutive national singles titles (2002-08) and is an eight-time champion in Bogota. Ramirez has won three national youth championships and claimed a silver medal at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.
Her phenomenal bowling career in Colombia attracted the interest from UMES. She knew several bowlers on the team and still remains friends with them to this day.
“My dream since I was little was to come to the United States and bowl for a collegiate team,” said Ramirez. “I know Martha (Perez) and Maria (Rodriguez) growing up and they came here two years before me. That had a great influence.”
Her time at UMES has brought about some of the best results in the history of Hawk athletics. She has received All-MEAC laurels in each of her first three seasons, including MEAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and two consecutive All-MEAC first-team selections.
Ramirez admits to being lucky and fortunate throughout her career, but has put in the right amount work to get to where she is at.
“I thank God that I haven’t had to face any big adversity in my life,” said Ramirez. “I’ve found that success it to love what you do and to dedicate the time and work necessary. The result is as big as the effort you put in.”
Since she became a Hawk in 2008, Ramirez has found solid results on and off the lanes. The Colombian has received several MEAC Commissioner All-Academic team honors, as well as the 2011 Arthur Ashe Spring Scholar award and the 2012 NCBCA Academic All-American honor.
Ramirez believes that if she is a part of it something, it must be done in full.
“I like things done my way because I am a perfectionist,” said Ramirez. “If something is going to include my name, I like to take the lead and propose how it should be done.”
The senior has also been the beneficiary of a strong family support system. Ramirez credits her family as her biggest motivation and claims her mother to be her role model. Although her entire family is supportive, it is her mother that stands as the one who backs her the most.
As a freshman, Ramirez submitted a sheet that said winning an NCAA Championship in college was her biggest goal. The goal has been achieved as the pair of NCAA rings accompanies two MEAC Championship rings. The four have been a result of hard work and determination.
Whether or not she knew her goal would increase two times is anyone’s guess really.
What is known is that one more ring will complete all five fingers on her hand.
The only one missing?
A third NCAA title in 2013.
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