UMES BOWLING HONORED BY NCAA FOR 2012 TITLE
March 26, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - While almost a year removed from hoisting the trophy, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was honored again Monday night for their 2012 NCAA Women's Bowling Championship.
The Lady Hawks attended the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Second Round game in College Park, Md. and were honored during the second half. As the public address announcer read the team's accomplishments, they took the floor to a standing ovation. The applause grew louder immediately when the home crowd heard them announce that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore had won, a sister school in the University System of Maryland to the host Terrapins.
"What an honor," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "It is always nice to be recognized and to have it done at a sister school was great. The NCAA does a great job promoting their championships and to be here in front of this crowd on a huge stage on national television, it was awesome."
The game was televised live on ESPN2 and saw the No. 4-seed host Terrapins earn a bid to the Sweet Sixteen, drubbing the five-seed Michigan State Spartans by 25 points. Earlier in the night the NCAA recognized John Hopkins University's women's cross country team who captured the DIII National Championship in 2012.
"It was very exciting," said senior T'nia Falbo. "The crowd was really loud and really showed us a lot of love; it was like we were their school."
"On the verge of hopefully earning a bid to our tenth NCAA Championships, this was good timing as I think it makes the team appreciate winning and want to win again so we can do this and other things like it again next year," said Frahm.
The team also posed with Testudo, the University of Maryland's mascot who showed off his bowling form to the team. "He looked pretty good out there, maybe we should have recruited him to bowl," said Tyler Schmitz, the team's assistant coach.