SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The HU women’s bowling team kicked off the new year with a 37th place finish out of 52 teams at the 2013 Blue Gold Classic at Chippewa Bowl in South Bend.
The Foresters bowled six regular team games on Saturday and wrapped up the tournament with three more on Sunday afternoon.
The team tallied 7,276 pins with Casandra Griffith and Ayla Yeiter leading the way. Only three pins separated the two teammates with Griffith finishing 84th out of 338 bowlers with a nine-game 173.9 average and Yeiter carding a 173.6 average for 87th place.
Emily O’Leary reeled in 114th place after recording a nine-game 164.0 average. Tiffany Walther bowled a 6-game average of 161.0 to place 234th. Rounding out action for HU was Eleni Newsome (146.2 average for six games) and Stephanie Misamore (138.3 average for six games).
Unfortunately, the weekend wasn’t without significant controversy. Based on the number of teams competing over the weekend, the competition was split into two shifts. Midway through the second shift on Saturday, it was discovered that the way the oil was applied on the lanes for the first 26 teams was drastically different than how the conditioner was applied to the lanes used by the second wave of bowlers which included Coach Bischoff’s squad.
HU and the other 25 teams were at a disadvantage having bowling on very difficult sport compliant lane conditions as evidenced by Saturday’s results. The second wave of bowlers rolled only 12 games over 900 while the first group of bowlers, who bowled with easy house-type conditions, had 104 team games over 900.
Knowing this handicap not only dramatically affected the tournament’s results but also the national rankings and possibility of qualifying for sectionals, the USBC Collegiate was contacted and is currently assessing the situation to find some sort of resolve.
McKendree University captured the Blue Gold title with 9,214 pins. Round out the top five included Wichita State University (9,072), Newman University (8,938), Midland University (8,908) and Notre Dame College (8,700).
The Foresters are back in action next weekend when they compete in the Buckeye Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
* As a result of the differing lane conditions between the two squads, the decision was made on January 24 to separate the 2013 Blue and Gold Classic into two independent events. It was also decided that all teams would still receive Tier I points based on their position of finish in their respective squad. These resolutions were made jointly by the USBC Rules Department, members of the Collegiate Advisory Council and USBC Collegiate staff.
Based on these changes, the HU women's bowling team's finished 14th out of 24 teams in the Varsity Gold Team Standings.