The Youngstown State bowling team has added Division I transfer Sarah Florence to its roster for the 2019-20 season, Penguins head coach Doug Kuberski announced on Friday.
Florence competed her first two collegiate seasons at LIU Brooklyn and will have two years of eligibility remaining in her career. She is originally from Egg Harbor City, N.J., and she is the fourth addition to the program for 2019-20.
"Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, and she is no stranger to performing at a high level on the biggest individual and team stages," Kuberski said. "She is a true student of the game and works hard at her craft. I'm impressed by the intensity and focus she brings to her work on the lanes and in the classroom, and am thrilled she'll be joining the Penguin Family."
Florence was a regular in the lineup for LIU Brooklyn as a sophomore as the Blackbirds ranked 23rd in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. She posted an 18.07 frame average and a 78.1 fill percentage during the season, and she was named to the NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll. As a freshman, she bowled a 255 in the first weekend of her collegiate career while finishing the season with an 18.00 frame average and a 76.0 fill percentage. She was also a two-time NTCA All-Academic Team selection while at LIU Brooklyn.
Prior to her arrival at LIU Brooklyn, Florence finished 38th at the 2017 Junior Gold Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. She qualified 26th at the tournament and was 18th after the advancer round. Also in 2017, Florence was the New Jersey State Pepsi U20G Champion. In 2016, she placed 12th at the Teen Masters Junior National Championships, and she also placed among the top 30 bowlers at the New Jersey state tournament. As a senior, Florence placed 18th at the state tournament.
Florence will join Emma Wrenn, who committed in March and bowled at Saint Francis U as a freshman, as new Penguins in 2019-20 who have Division I experience. Megan Grams and Alicia Yacono each signed a National Letter of Intent and will be freshmen on next year's squad.