Quintet of St. Francis (NY) Bowlers Named Academic All-NTCA Honorees
2012 Academic All-NTCA Teams and Honorees
Brooklyn Heights, NY -- Five members of the St. Francis College women’s bowling team were named Academic All-National Tenpin Coaches Association honorees, as announced by the NTCA. Seniors Marissa Padovano and Jennifer Vreeland along with juniors Alyson Piergiovanni, Amelia Tonyes and Marissa Garguilo helped lead the Terriers to their third 60 or more win season and another appearance in the NEC Bowling Championships.
“This is a result of the hard work that was put in this past year,” said head coach Dawn Gugliaro. “All of these girls have managed to be extremely successful in the sport, but more importantly, they are outstanding academically.”
Overall, 140 student-athletes were honored for academic accomplishments. All NCAA bowlers who compile a minimum grade point average of 3.40 during 2011-12 are eligible for academic recognition.
Padovano and Vreeland graduated in May with degrees in Political Science and Education, respectively. Tonyes, Gargiulo and Piergiovanni each return for their senior season in which each will look to continue on the success they have accomplished in the previous three seasons.
Tonyes, was one of only 16 women's collegiate bowlers to qualify for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Singles Championships, which took place in Lincoln, Nebraska in April. Tonyes advanced to the quarterfinal round before coming up short in her bid to advance to the semifinal round.
Gargiulo became the first member of the team to earn a place on an All-Tournament team this past season at the Saint Francis University Red Flash Invitational as she finished fifth among all the bowlers in the field.
Piergiovanni, not only has accomplished a lot on the lanes, but also takes time to lend a helping hand. This past December, along with Padovano, the two participated in the Community Mayor’s Event” Operation Santa. “This was an amazing experience,” said Piergiovanni. “I didn't stop smiling the entire time.”