The Huntington University men's bowling team finished 17th at the 19-team Intercollegiate Team Championships Sectional Qualifier at Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, TN, which spanned Saturday, March 15, to Sunday, March 16.
It was the Foresters' first trip to sectionals. The format of the tourney included moving to a different pair of lanes after every four Baker games with the top four teams advancing to the National Championships Finals in Reno, NV, in April.
After the first 16 games on Saturday, Huntington was in 14th place and looking to move up. However, with no re-oiling of the lanes at lunch, lane conditions began drying out and changing quickly. Averaging 184 through the first 12 games Saturday afternoon, the drier conditions proved tough for the Foresters as they only averaged 144 in the last four games on Saturday and fell to 15th place going into Sunday's final day.
Their struggles continued Sunday morning when they averaged 151 through the first 16 games and dropped to 16th going into the final stretch. In the final 16 games, HU bowled better than it did in the morning, but dropped to their final 17th place finish.
The Foresters posted five wins against 10 losses with one vacancy. They defeated Wisconsin Madison, Cumberland, North Carolina State, Youngstown State University and Central Florida. The four advancing teams to the national finals were No. 5 Lindenwood, No. 17 San Jose State, No. 10 Urbana and No. 15 Morehead State.
In singles competition on Friday, March 14, 168 men each competed for four spots to the national singles finals, also set for April in Reno. Each competitor bowled six games, moving six to eight pairs of lanes each game.
Joseph Miller and Connor Brown were the only Huntington bowlers to finish in the top 100. Miller was the high finisher, claiming 56th with a 189.8 average, while Brown finished 75th with a 184.3 average.
Other Foresters averages were Seth Walker with 178.6; Derek Beckler with 178.1; Daniel Miller with 176; Tyler Neff with 175.3; James Knapp with 174.6; Emilio Chantaca with 159.3; and Adam Harris-Shoemaker with 141.5. It took an average of 218.1 to advance to nationals.