The Youngstown State bowling team has been recognized by the National Tenpin Coaches Association for academic excellence, and four individuals were named to the NTCA All-Academic Team.
The Penguins posted a 3.211 cumulative grade point average during the 2018-19 academic year to be recognized as a team. It was the second time in the three-year history of the program that Youngstown State achieved the minimum GPA of a least 3.2 to appear on the list. There were 37 other programs in the country to post at least a 3.2 cumulative team GPA.
Individually, Emma Dockery, Nikki Mendez, Alexis Sullivan and Emma Wasielewski were named to the NTCA All-Academic Team. Dockery is a repeat honoree from 2017-18, while Mendez, Sullivan and Wasielewski are first-time honorees. There are 256 honorees representing NCAA bowling programs at 55 schools, and the four selections for YSU is the highest number in the three-year history of the program. A student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for the academic school year to qualify for the award.
Dockery carries a 3.69 cumulative GPA as an accounting major. As a sophomore in 2018-19, she averaged 189 over 42 team games, and her 12 games of at least 200 tied for the second-most on the team. She bowled the second and third-highest single games – a 254 and a 244 – by a Penguin during the year.
Mendez, YSU's team MVP in 2018-19, carries a 3.46 as a psychology major. She set single-season program records for total pinfall, games, Baker frames and strike percentage in 2018-19, and she averaged 199.36 in the spring semester to earn All-Southland Honorable Mention accolades.
Sullivan had straight A's to finish her freshman year with a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biology/pre-physical therapy major in 2018-19. On the lanes, Sullivan competed in six tournaments and was in the starting lineup when YSU posted the top two traditional match totals in program history at the KU Invitational.
Wasielewski posted a 3.90 GPA as pre-social work major during her freshman year. She competed in four tournaments in 2018-19, with the bulk of her action came during Baker play.