From SFA Athletics
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin sophomore Stephanie Schwartz captured the 2016 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women's Amateur Championship Thursday evening, earning the distinction as the top female amateur in the nation. The win earns Schwartz a spot on the 2016 U.S. National Team, as well as qualifying for Junior Team USA for the third-straight season.
"I just wanted to make good shots and do my best," Schwartz said following the win. "It's a great feeling. I've never won anything this big, so it's really cool. Being able to be on both Team USA and Junior Team USA is incredible."
Competing at the USBC Team USA Trials in Las Vegas, Schwartz placed seventh overall among 109 competitors, which consisted of both professionals and amateurs. Advancing to the championship round, Schwartz defeated Heather Penatzer of Sam Houston State 238-133 in the championship match to clinch the title.
Schwartz was one of four current and future Ladyjacks to compete at the event. Junior Paige Kraushaar placed 68th overall while sophomore Kelsi Anderson placed 94th. Signee Megan Eaglehouse, who will join the SFA program this fall, finished 87th among the talented field.
Schwartz will now get the chance to compete and train with Team USA at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. One of 12 members of Team USA 2016, Schwartz will compete to earn a spot to represent the U.S. in both the Junior Championships and World Cup later this year.
With Schwartz’s qualification for the U.S. National Team, it gives SFA a unique distinction of having two current student-athletes who are presently members of their respective sport’s U.S. national team. Schwartz joins NCAA champion Demi Payne, who competed for Team USA at the World Track and Field Championships this past summer in Beijing, China.
SFA returns to the lanes next week as the Ladyjacks travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas, competing in the Arkansas State Mid-Winter Classic January 15-17. The eighth-ranked Ladyjacks are looking to build off a strong start to the 2015-16 season, posting a pair of top-five tournament finishes in the fall.