TROY, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University men's and women's bowling teams made their debut at the Rochester College Warrior Classic on Saturday. The Cougar men finished 10th at the event while the women's squad placed eighth.
EVENT: Rochester College Warrior Classic
TEAM FINISH: Men – 10th/12; Women – 8th/9
LOCATION: Bowl One Lanes | Troy, Mich.
- The Spring Arbor men started the tournament strong posting a team score of 938 after its first game to move into third place. However, the Cougars would average an 827 over the next four individual games to slide into eighth heading into the Baker format.
- SAU recorded a high-Baker set (four games) score of 688, and averaged a 663.
- The men finished the tournament with a total pinfall of 6148.
- The women started just as strong, landing in fifth after an opening game score of 905, but would dip to seventh heading into the Baker games.
- In the Baker format, the Cougars averaged a 621, and would finish the event with a total pinfall of 5866.
- Austin Kraemer led the way for the Cougar men, finishing in eighth place in a field of nearly 80 bowlers – just missing an All-Tournament Team spot which went to the top five finishers. In his collegiate debut, Kraemer posted a high-game score of 235 and averaged a 187.
- Adam LaRoe and Tucker Hemmila followed in 18th and 40th place, respectively. LaRoe's high-game was a 200 with a 178 average, while Hemmila registered a high-game of 210 and a 179 average.
- On the women's side, Hanna Irvin paced the Cougars. She finished 10th out of 58 athletes with a high-game of 189 and a 178 average.
- Stephanie Waddell and Sabrina Ball were not too far behind in 20th and 22nd. Waddell rolled a high-game of 194 with a 168 average, and Ball posted a 187 high-game and a 165 average.
- Lawrence Tech took home first place on the men's side with 7039 total pins. Saginaw Valley State University followed in second with 6965 pins and Bowling Green State University earned third with 6587.
- The women's tournament was won by Aquinas College with 6821 pins. Bowling Green State grabbed second and Concordia University third with 6554 and 6552 pins, respectively.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH MICHAEL HALL
- "I thought we had a good showing for our first tournament. We were the only team there that consisted of all freshmen so that gave the other schools a slight advantage."
- "Now that we have a little experience under our belt, we should be more competitive."
Spring Arbor returns to action at the Louisville Collegiate Classic, hosted by the University of Pikeville, in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 1.