Wisconsin-Whitewater led a field of eight NCAA teams with a total pinfall of 10,957 to top the Terriers New Year Knock Down at Strike 10 Lanes in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Whitewater led the field in the six traditional team games, while Maryland Eastern Shore had the highest total in the six Baker matches.
In the individual standings, Anggie Ramirez of Maryland Eastern Shore was the top finisher with a six-game total of 1,364 (227.33 average). Whitewater's Ashley Bell was second with 1,342, while Sacred Heart's Nicole Trudell was third with 1,321.
In other USBC Collegiate action over the weekend:
- At the Blue and Gold Classic, Lindenwood claimed the men's title. On the women's side, McKendree took the top spot in the first squad, while Robert Morris-Illinois topped the second squad. See the special note below regarding this event.
- NCAA: At the Frederick E. Underwood Lady Bulldogs Classic, Sam Houston State emerged as the winner with North Carolina A&T taking second.
- NCAA: The Southwestern Athletic Conference held a West Round-up with Alabama State finishing with the highest pinfall and an 8-4 record. Alabama A&M also went 8-4.
- The Hudson Valley men and Mohawk Valley women both escaped with narrow victories at the Hawk Invitational.
- At the Viking Classic, the Suffolk men and Briarcliffe women each took easy wins.
- The Niagara men and women swept the top spots at the Cayuga CC Spartan Invitational.
- In a men's only event, Arizona State claimed the Devils Duel 1 title, while Arizona took the title in the Devils Duel 2.
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SPECIAL NOTE: The Blue and Gold Classic, a Tier I event on the USBC Collegiate schedule was held over the weekend. Please see the following note from International Bowling Campus Director of Collegiate Gary Brown.
This is in reference to the issues this past weekend at the Blue and Gold Classic tournament. As most of you are aware, there were issues with the lane conditions at the event. Tournament management contacted the collegiate division on Saturday night indicating the first squad of women bowled on the house condition and the second squad of women bowled on the sport pattern. Upon receiving this call, I contacted the rules department for assistance on how to handle this situation. The decision made at the time was the scores bowled for the event had to count towards the standings for the event, but we would review how the team ranking system points would be issues. This decision was consistent with previous decisions regarding other USBC Events however we needed more information to make any final determination.
On Tuesday, the tapes submitted from the event we reviewed by our staff. Upon running the tapes the following ratio's were discovered for the Saturday shifts:
Division - Squad - Right Ratio - Left Ratio
Women - 1 - 7:1 - 5:1
Women - 2 - 2.3:1 - 2.0:1
Men - 1 - 1.8:1 - 1.6:1
Men - 2 - 2.0:1 - 1.7:1
Obviously this situation put us in uncharted territory regarding how Team Ranking Points were issued. Our staff met with the Rules department on Wednesday and reviewed all of the facts from this situation and made the following decision.
The decision was to treat the girls event as two independent events on the women's side. It was also decided that all teams in this event would still receive Tier I points based on their position of finish in their respective squad. Since both squads had 19 or more teams we will be using the Tier I 19-24 point system. This decision was made in an effort to minimize any penalties that could affect the teams from the event. In addition, this decision also protects the integrity of the planned schedules for the teams who were at the event. At the end of the season we will review the final rankings and make a final determination on if any additional teams on the women's side will be invited to the sectional qualifiers.
This decision has no impact on the men's side of the tournament. The tapes submitted to us do not provide any evidence of any major irregularities in the patterns for the men's squads.
This decision was made jointly with the USBC Rules Department, members of the Collegiate Advisory Council, and the USBC Collegiate staff.
The impact of this decision on All American awards and/or individual averages will be determined by the National Bowling Coaches Association or the International Bowling Media Association. These organizations issue all individual post season awards.
USBC Collegiate will be working with tournament managers and the Advisory Council to put mechanisms in place to help assure issues like this do not happen in the future.