The Sam Houston State bowling program added three more achievements to an already impressive season with the announcement that Heather Penatzer, Randi Speiler and Janine Kuwahara were named to the NTCA All-Academic team.
“Our mission as coaches is to develop the student athletes both in competition as well as in the classroom,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “These three girls have set a great example to our younger bowlers of how to be successful in the lanes and as a student.”
Kuwahara is a four-time recipient of the honor, finishing her career with a 4.0 GPA. She has also been recognized as the NCAA Elite 90 winner at the last two NCAA Championships. The Elite 90 is given to the top academic student athlete participating at the finals site. She was also named as an All-American by the NTCA this past season.
Penatzer earns the All-Academic honor for the third consecutive season. She led the Bearkats this year in scoring average helping Sam Houston to a semifinal appearance at the NCAA Championships in Baton Rouge. Penatzer was also named to the NTCA All-American team this year.
Speiler is a two-time recipient of the All-Academic recognition from the NTCA. The senior played a huge role this year at the NCAA Championships in the match-play round.
With the three honorees this season, Bearkat bowlers have now been recognized 31 times for academics in the seven year history of the program.
To be recognized, a student athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher for the academic school year.