UMES BOWLING KICKS OFF BUSY DAY WITH TV APPEARANCE
April 24, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Winning a National Championship has its advantages; sometimes however, those require some interesting juggling to make the most of them. The 2012 NCAA National Champion Women's Bowling Team began a whirlwind day at 6:00 a.m. this morning that won't conclude until 12 hours later when the Championship Celebration is scheduled to end.
"We are used to getting up for workouts, used to long study sessions, we make it work. Sure these things are extra beyond our schedule, but it's fun to be recognized for winning," said sophomore Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) on the set of WMDT-TV47's Good Morning Delmarva program.
The five starters, Buja, Paula Vilas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia), Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) and T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Ill.) all left campus at 6:00 a.m. today to make an appearance on the morning news program, discussing their historic win and speaking about the upcoming off-season.
"I wish them all the best," said Vilas, the lone senior on the squad, in the interview. "I know they will keep doing great things."
From the interview its back to campus for classes, some of which start at 8:00 a.m. for some team members.
"Academics are very important to us," said Buja, who just won the NCAA's Elite 89 Award for having the highest GPA of any bowler at the NCAA Championship.
"Our team traditionally has the highest GPA of any team on campus," said head coach Kristina Frahm, who was with the team on their appearance. "We are proud of that; it is something Coach [Sharon] Brummell instilled in us. She said, `work hard in the classroom, work hard on the lanes and good things will come.'"
Frahm, is giving the team some time to catch up on their work at 11:00 a.m. when she will conduct an interview with Inside Black College Sports. Yesterday three members of the team and Frahm interviewed for a feature on MEACSports.com.
At 2:00 p.m. today Frahm, Alvarado, Tatiana Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) and Valerie Riggin (Vista, Calif.) will head to the Somerset County Commissioner's Meeting to accept a proclamation from the Commissioners. "That is everyone who doesn't have class!" added Frahm.
Tonight the entire team will appear at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center at 5:00 p.m. for a Championship Celebration. President Neufville, Director of Athletics Keith Davidson, members of the University Administration and Coach Frahm will speak. Proclamations from various constituencies will also be read and the team will get to unveil their National Championship banner. Food will be served and an autograph session will take place. It is free and open to the public.
"We are thrilled that the University and the community embrace our win," said Ramirez. "The support has been awesome."