LIMA, Ohio - The men's and women's bowling teams' seasons got off to a rough start as their bus broke down on their way to bowl in the Racers Classic in Lima, Ohio this weekend. Due to the delay, the women's team missed the first three frames so all five bowlers were given zeros up to that point, while the men's team missed the first four frames. Both teams made the best out of a bad situation and tried to make up as many pins as they could with the remaining five team games on Saturday. After day one the women's team was in ninth place out of 12 teams and the men's team was in last place out in a field of 15 teams. With 16 baker games to be bowled on Sunday, both teams fought to improve in the standings.
The men's team had three great baker blocks shooting 707, 746 and finished with a 708 to move ahead of Cincinnati finishing in 14th place. While the women's team made a run for eighth place they finished 50 pins shy of Bellarmine to take ninth place and were 393 pins from third place. Neither team was able to overcome the pins they lost in their first games, but still had good showings for their first tournaments of the year.
Seniors Katherine Harms and Nicole Loomis led the way for the women's team. Harms was named to the All-Tournament Team for her second place finish with an average of 205.4 for five games and Loomis came in 25th place. Freshmen Dylin Hunter led the men's team finishing in 31st place averaging a 194.8 over five completed games. Had the team not missed part of game one, Hunter and Loomis would have likely placed in the top 20 in their respective fields.
"Obviously, it's not how we wanted to start our seasons, but I give both teams a lot of credit for how they handle themselves this weekend," said head coach Jody Fetterhoff. "They continued to fight even though we knew it would be almost impossible to make up that deficit. Both teams know that they are better teams than what the standings reflect, so I'm excited for our next tournament on October 18-19 in Dayton, Ohio."