Many congratulations to the Lady Commodores of Vanderbilt on their 4-3 defeat of Maryland East Shore in the finals of the NCAA women’s bowling championship. Their victims on the last weekend included 2006 champion Fairleigh Dickinson, and 2-time champion Nebraska. Two of their players, Josie Earnest and Kaitlin Reynolds, joined Kristin Kerr of Fairleigh Dickinson, and Marion Singleton and Jessica Worsley of Maryland East Shore on the all tournament team.
Bowling is a sport for which there are no specific graduation rates available, so only the rate for Women’s sports ‘Other’ than Basketball and Cross-Country/Track can be listed for the participating teams. Vanderbilt comes in second at 81%, behind only Sacred Heart at 86%. Central Missouri, Maryland East Shore, Minnesota State-Mankato, and Nebraska are all respectable at 65%, 67%, 68%, and 68% respectively. Fairleigh Dickinson’s 47% graduation rate does, however, come as a bit of a shock.
Special props must, however, go to the Lady Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University which, despite being a non-scholarship Division III school (and thus not mandated to report graduation data), advanced to the finals for the fourth year running and were eliminated in the second round by Sacred Heart on a 4-3 score.