NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey—The honors just continue to roll in for Maryland Eastern Shore senior Thashaina Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba). On Wednesday night, the Hawk was selected to the distinguished honor of First-Team All-American as selected by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) prior to the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships.
Seraus not only has already been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bowler of the Year and a First-Team selection, as well as a finalist for Bowler of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) and numerous All-Tournament honors throughout the season, but is earning All-American distinction for the second straight year.
The native of Aruba clearly continued to excel as one of the best collegiate bowlers this season, earning an individual average of just over 211, securing strikes over half the time and spares in 75 percent of those situations. That spare percentage was the best in the nation. When competing in NCAA sanctioned events Seraus was second among all bowlers in overall frame average at 208.32.
She was named to three All-Tournament Teams at different points during the year, including the MEAC Championships. She also earned two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Bowler of the Week honors and was a six-time MEAC Bowler of the Week honoree, and from the anchor position she helped the Hawks propel to the MEAC Northern Division title.
Other first-team honorees were Bowler of the Year Stephanie Schwartz of Stephen F. Austin and Robyn Renslow of Vanderbilt, who like Seraus is being honored for the second straight year. Jordan Richard of Arkansas State and Julia Bond of Nebraska were also selected.
Honorable mention All-America honorees were announced as well. Fellow MEAC school North Carolina A&T received honors for Emily Strombeck and Mackenzie Robinson, while Delaware State’s Chelsey Merklinger was also named.
Other awards handed out by the NTCA included Coach of the Year which went to Arkansas State’s Justin Kostich.
Seraus’ award continues the Hawks’ legacy of producing All-American caliber bowlers. Mariana Alvarado, Megan Buja, Maria Rodriguez, T’nia Falbo, Martha Perez, Anggie Ramirez, Kristina Frahm and Paula Villas have all earned distinction, just to name a few. Like Seraus, Rodriguez, Ramierez and Frahm were also awarded First Team distinctions.
UMES missed out on the NCAA Championship this season, but will compete at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships in Kansas next week in search of the school’s sixth national championship. The only accolades left to give out will come at next weekend’s Night of Champions, the banquet before the ITC’s.