Pair of UMES juniors qualify among the top 10 women college bowlers in the nation.
UMES pair is named to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Women's Team for Bowling.
Junior All-American becomes the seventh UMES bowler to earn the award.
Hawks go 6-1 on Thursday and will bowl the eight-seed Sam Houston State.
Hawks fall to Sam Houston State 4-2 in the opening match.
See some of the action from practice and the matches with Sam Houston State and Fairleigh Dickinson.
See a few shots from the send-off party for UMES Bowling as they leave to play for the 2014 National Championship!
See Megan Raymond's shots of the 2014 Bowling Championships.
See a few shots from the NCAA Championship Banquet.
See Nick Sutton's photos from Day 2 of the 2014 MEAC Bowling Championship
Like many of the other international bowlers at UMES, Alvarado has competed all over the world. "We have become known for our international bowlers," said former head coach Sharon Brummell, who recruited her. "But you can't beat that experience, they bowl in different countries all the time, there is national pride and bragging rights on the line constantly. It is a big situation and when they come here they bring that with them. Mariana's very talented but combine that with her experience, and she will be a big part of our success this season."
Personal: Born September 21, 1992 in Mexico...Daughter of Gerardo Alvarado and Martha Nava...Has one sister Daniela and one brother Gerarado...Majoring in Aerospace Engineering...Best advice received is "always give 100%"...Favorite book is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel...Goals for this year help her team make history again.
Memorable Moments: Mariana Alvarado (San Carlos, Mexico) is another international standout and the first in UMES' program from Mexico. Alvarado bowls for Team Mexico and will go to Thailand in 2012 representing her country. She has over 100 national awards in bowling and was in Finland at the world youth championships last year where she finished in the top 50. She was the 2008 under 16 Pan-Am Games Champion in San Salvador and in the 2011 games, took gold in trios and silver in teams when it was held in the Dominican Republic.
2011-2012: Named the schools second ever MEAC Bowling Rookie of the Year... Recorded a 9,683 total pinfall...Averaged a total 189.86 for the season...High game of 247.
2012-2013: All-Tournament Team at the DSU Capital Classic...All-MEAC Second-Team selection...Named to MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Named Honorable Mention All-American...NCBCA All-Academic selection...Honorable Mention Academic All-NTCA...Recorded a 8,990 total pinfall...Averaged a total of 195.43 in 46 games...High game of 277 rolled in the DSU Capital Classic