Emmitsburg, Md. (April 24, 2019) – Following a successful inaugural season, Mount St. Mary's Women's Bowling Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf has announced the program's 2019 signees. The four incoming freshmen are the second recruiting class in program history.
"After a successful inaugural season that saw us reach the national rankings, next year is all about raising the bar and taking that next step," said DeGraaf. "Obviously, a lot of that will come from the improvement of our inaugural class, but there is no doubt these incoming freshmen will do their part in making an immediate impact."
Nichole Lewis │ West Palm Beach, Fla. │ Berean Christian School
Lewis will join sophomore Rebecca Dodson as one of two Floridians on the team, as the 2017 and 2018 Sun Sentinel Palm Beach County Girls Bowler of the Year hails from Berean Christian in West Palm Beach, Florida. A three-year team captain for Berean, Lewis recently finished seventh in the 2018 Florida High School Athletic Association State Finals. She holds a high game of 299.
Said DeGraaf, "Nichole is a true power player who has established herself as one of the better female bowlers in the talented state of Florida. She has credible sport shot experience that will prepare her well for this stage. In my opinion, she has a lot of untapped potential and I am excited to help get that out of her. I expect her to come in and make her presence known immediately."
Julia Mazzotti │ Copley, Ohio │ Copley High School
Mazzotti hails from Copley High School in Akron, Ohio. A recently nominated member of the 2019 Akron Beacon Journal All-Star Preps Bowling Team, Mazzotti holds a high game of 289 and a high three-game series of 710. The lefty has enjoyed a plentiful amount of success on the high school circuit, earning the first seed qualifier at the 2018 Suburban League Districts and placing runner-up at the 2016 Central Region Junior Tournament and 2017 Panther Challenge.
Said DeGraaf, "Some things just click from the start as they did with Julia. Her interest in the Mount was high from the beginning as was ours in recruiting her. She is fundamentally sound with plenty of room to grow into an exceptional student-athlete. She will be the first lefty in our program's history, so we will rely on her to hold that side down when it offers the better look."
Amanda Yeung │ Newark, Del. │ Alexis I. DuPont High School
Yeung comes to the Mount from Newark, Delaware, where she attends Alexis I. DuPont High School. In 2018, Yeung won the Delaware State Pepsi Championship and finished 160th out of 856 competitors at the prestigious Junior Gold Championships in Dallas, Texas. Yeung carries a high game of 289 and high three-game series of 731.
Said DeGraaf, "Amanda is a standout both on the lanes and in the classroom, so she embodies what we are looking for in a Mount student-athlete. Her success at the always-difficult Junior Gold Championships shows she is ready to make an immediate splash at the collegiate level. I have nothing but confidence she will have a successful four years here at the Mount."
Meghan Yingst │ Lebanon, Pa. │ Cedar Crest High School
Yingst comes to the Mount from Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, Pa., joining Sophomore Haley Buser as the second Pennsylvanian on the team. As a member of the CCHS bowling program, Yingst helped lead the Falcons to a first-place finish in the annual Snow Rollers Tournament and Second at the Blizzard Bakers Tournament. She carries a 246 high game.
Said DeGraaf, "Meghan was a unique situation in which she was already looking to attend the Mount before becoming a member of our team. The Mount has the perfect fit for her major in education and her eagerness to be a part of our program has been evident from the first day I spoke with her. She is the type of athlete that always strives to be better than the day before, and I look forward to her sharing that contagious mindset with our team."
The four incoming freshmen will bring the total roster size of the bowling team to 12 for the 2019-20 season. In the latest NTCA Coaches poll, the Mountaineers ranked No. 19 in the nation. The 2019-20 bowling season is set to begin October 1, with the first competition of the season taking place at the Bud Whitman Memorial October 12-13 in Reading, Pennsylvania.