April 20, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite the NCAA Championships being over, Stephen F. Austin’s Stephanie Schwartz continues to impress and rake in accolades at this week’s USBC Intercollegiate Championships at the Raising Cane’s River Center.
• USBC Intercollegiate Team Results
• USBC Intercollegiate Single Results
Schwartz was named a second team USBC All-American at the annual awards banquet Wednesday evening in addition to being named a finalist for the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) Player of the Year. The honors come one week after Schwartz was named a first team All-American by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) for the third-straight year.
Schwartz finished her NCAA competition season with a 208.25 scoring average over 60 matches, including 38 200-pin games with a high of 269. Serving as the Ladyjacks’ anchor, Schwartz was instrumental in leading SFA to an 86-52 overall record in 2016-17 and a third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships where the Ladyjacks finished seventh.
Schwartz continues to rewrite the SFA record book as she is SFA’s all-time leader in career scoring average (210.28), 200-pin games (107) and total pins (36,588) while ranking second in career matches played (174). She holds the top-three season scoring averages in program history and is the owner of eight of the top-20 individual game scores in Ladyjacks program history.
The honor came hours after Schwartz qualified for the semifinals of the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championship on the lanes at the Raising Cane’s River Center. Earning the number six seed after qualifying, Schwartz defeated 11th-seeded Abby Ragsdale of St. Francis (Ill.) 626-537 in the second round, bowling three-straight 200-pin games in the series with a high of 216.
Schwartz then upended third-seeded Kelly Belzeski of Nebraska 703-592 in round three, earning her one of the four coveted spots in the semifinals. She came up just shy of perfection in game two with a near-perfect 299, leaving the four-pin in her final roll. She will now compete against second-seeded Sydney Brummett of Wichita State Saturday evening with the winner advancing to the championship match.
After two days of individual competition, the rest of the Ladyjacks will begin their quest for a team championship as qualifying matches begin Thursday morning. Match play will then get underway Thursday afternoon, continuing through Friday and concluding Saturday evening. Live results and streaming video of the USBC Intercollegiate Championships can be found at Bowl.com throughout the week.