Mexico's Mariana Alvarado named MEAC Woman of the Year


    Women's Collegiate Bowling

    Alvarado becomes fourth student-athlete from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to win the award

    2015UMESMarianaAlvarado.jpgMariana Alvarado (pictured), Leon, Mexico, of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was named the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Woman of the Year.

    Alvarado, who was a three-time All-American and four-year letter winner in women's bowling, will be awarded the honor during a special on-campus event to be announced at a later time.

    "The MEAC Family is very happy to congratulate Maryland Eastern Shore's Mariana Alvarado for receiving the honor of Woman of the Year," said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas.

    "Throughout her four-year collegiate career, Miss Alvarado has demonstrated academic and athletic excellence and has displayed an outstanding resume of service and leadership for Maryland Eastern Shore and the MEAC. Further her dedication to her community should be applauded and valued. We salute Miss Alvarado and support her efforts of representing the MEAC in the NCAA Woman of the Year process."

    Alvarado, who graduated in May with honors, a 3.71 GPA and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, was, a two-time National Champion and three-time MEAC Champion in women's bowling while a Dean's List student at UMES.

    "I'm really honored and surprised to win this award," said Alvarado who was still practicing her bowling when hearing the news.

    "I want to thank my family who have been with me every step of the way in my college career. I also have to thank the UMES staff, professors, coaches and athletic administrators for all the support they gave me. And the MEAC, who honor student-athletes with this award and for selecting me as this year's recipient."

    The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of senior female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

    It was announced recently that Alvarado was one of 480 student-athletes from all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools of all divisions as a nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

    She will now make a much smaller list of finalists for the award as the MEAC's official nominee. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.

    Last season, another UMES bowler Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) made the final 30 while her former teammate Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.) made the top 30 in 2011.

    From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September.

    NCAALogo_small.jpgThe NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year. The winner will be announced, and the top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.

    The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. The program is in its 25th year and awards 'graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.'