EAST GREENSBORO– Five North Carolina A&T bowling student-athletes were named to the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Academic Team, Tuesday. As a team, the Aggies posted a 3.22-grade point average (GPA) during the 2018-19 season.
Sophomore Ericka Quesada-Gomis led the team with a 4.0 GPA in finance followed by sophomore Chloe Jones with a 3.94 GPA in liberal studies, sophomore Brionna Thompson with a 3.68 in English, senior Tyra Merritt with a 3.62 in liberal studies and junior Ana Olaya with a 3.47 in journalism and mass communications.
Olaya, who was named an NTCA All-American honorable mention last season and is a two-time MEAC first-team member, led the Aggies last season with 10,090 total pinfall and recorded an average of 190.38 over 53 games with 19 games of scoring 200-plus. Olaya earned MEAC rookie of the year honors during the 2017-18 season.
Quesada-Gomis led the team with a pinfall average of 199.79 in 38 games with 16 games of scoring 200-plus and Merritt averaged 179.28 in 25 matches.
In addition to being excellent in the classroom, the N.C. A&T bowling team is widely considered one of the best programs in the nation. They have been to the NCAA tournament twice in the last five seasons and in 2015 they won the International Team Championship (ITC) national title which is sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
In 2018, they won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title. After splitting the first six games in the MEAC Championship in 2019, University of Maryland Eastern Shore edge the Aggies 208-200. The Aggies finished the season ranked No. 8 in the NTCA final rankings.
To qualify, a team must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and student-athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.4. Overall, 38 teams and 256 student-athletes were represented on the academic team.
“We are very proud of our team,” said N.C. A&T coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “We not only want to excel in bowling, but it is also important that we do well in the classroom.”