DALLAS, Texas – The Midland University men's and women's bowling teams both qualified for the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships this past weekend by placing in the top four at their regional site.
The Midland men took second place while the women secured the fourth and final spot in their division of the tournament.
The men were in third place after the first block of 16 games with a pin total of 3,045 behind both St. Ambrose and Wichita State. Wichita State took over the top spot in the next block with the Warriors close on their heels. After the first day Midland was just 92 pins out of first place.
Day two saw both the Shockers and Warriors hold their positions as the rest of the field battled for the final two spots. The Warriors narrowed the gap a few times but WSU always found a way to respond. After all was said and done, Wichita State won the team title by 250 pins over Midland.
Joining those two at the national championships will be Newman and Lindenwood-Belleville who rounded out the top four.
On the women's side the Lady Warriors found themselves in the fourth and final position after 32 games and the end of day one. It was a tight pack between third and fifth. Midland trailed Newman by just 11 pins and held a slim lead of 32 pins over Sacred Heart.
Day two saw Newman and Midland separate themselves from Sacred Heart and the rest of the field as they both started off strong. The only shake up came after the 40th game as Midland took over third place by nine pins and then grew their lead to 49 three games later. However, Newman responded with a 209 in the 45th game and then a 241 in the 48th to regain the third position for good.
On Friday before the team competition got underway a handful of Warriors competed in the USBC singles qualifier. Just like the team competition, the top four from each of the four regionals advances to the national championships.
Nick Pate was the lone bowler to qualify individually as he bowled a 1,335 over six games (222.5 average) and won the men's division by 20 pins. Casey Maxted narrowly missed the cut as he finished sixth –just 15 pins shy of qualifying.
The USBC Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships will be held April 17-20 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Up next for the Warriors will be the NAIA Championships on March 31-April 2 in Lexington, Kentucky.