In an inaugural season of success in women's bowling, Sam Houston State freshman Neishka Cardona has added another accomplishment to the list for the Bearkats.

The freshman from Carolina, Puerto Rico, just returned from the CONCECABOL tournament in Guatemala where she competed at the international level representing Puerto Rico.

Her team won seven medals and Cardona had a part in earning four of those medals.

"It was an exciting experience and a thrill to come home with all the medals," Cardona said.

The freshman earned silver medals in singles and Masters events, bronze in mixed doubles and a gold medal as a member of Puerto Rico's championship team. During the tournament, she produced an individual pin fall average of 185.

But what has Cardona most excited is the success of Sam Houston's inaugural women's bowling team this year and the reception the team has had on campus.

"When we first came to Sam Houston, we worried about how the bowling team would be received by the other athletes," Cardona recalled. "It's been great. We go as a team to all the home sporting events and the players on the other teams are always asking us how we did when we come back from a tournament. It's really been fun to become part of the Bearkat athletic family."

Sam Houston finished the regular season with a match record of 68 victories and 35 losses. The Bearkats stood No. 9 in the last National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) women's bowling rankings announced March 17.

The Bearkats own at least one victory over every team in the top 10 except for New  Jersey City. Sam Houston is 37-28 this year against squads ranked in the top 20.

Cardona has been a member of the Puerto Rican Youth National Team for the last three years as well as a member of the 16 and under Puerto Rican Youth National Team in 2007.  She's qualified and competed in many world renowned events such as the PABCON Youth Championships in 2008/2009, Aruba Youth International Tournament where she won the singles event and the Caribbean Youth Christmas Tournament where she finished fourth in the Master's Division. 

"Neishka's performance at CONCECABOL and her accomplishments and experiences thus far is amazing," Sam Houston head coach Brad Hagen said. "Neishka has such a great attitude and is playing a valuable role in this program's success."