YOUNGSTOWN (06/30/2017)— The Youngstown State bowling team finished its first season ranking in the top 25 based on its performance on the lanes, and now it is being recognized as a top program in the classroom.
The Penguins finished the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.22 team GPA. That earned them a spot on the National Tenpin Coaches Association’s Academic Team Awards list, which celebrates teams that finished with a team GPA of at least 3.2. YSU was one of 36 programs that reached the mark, coming in at No. 33 in the nation. Rachel Ellis of Westerville is a Sophomore Forensic Science major on the team.
“Our first year was a year of accomplishments, and this one is one of the more significant ones,” head coach Chelsea Gilliam said. “We had a very young team, and it’s great that our student-athletes stepped up both on and off the lanes. Our goals will always be to be competitive on the lanes and successful in the classroom.”
Individually, three Penguins were recognized by the NTCA for having a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for the academic year. Emily Dietz, Kirsten Ensminger and Mackenzie Olesky were among 229 honorees in 50 NCAA programs that were honored.
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.