Recent graduate continues to pile up the accolades for her brilliant career.
Hawks post the highest team GPA of any NCAA women's bowling squad.
Buja makes top 10 after semi-final round, moves on to the finals from a field of 89.
Rodriguez, Ramirez & Buja all show their talents on large tournaments' stages.
Buja takes fourth place in first round, moves on to the semi-finals from a field of 89.
7-game match with UMES where the Hawks won 4 games to 3.
See Jim Glovier's photos of student-athletes at the Spring 2014 Graduation.
See some of the action from practice and the matches with Sam Houston State and Fairleigh Dickinson.
See a few shots from the send-off party for UMES Bowling as they leave to play for the 2014 National Championship!
Personal: Born Nov. 27, 1991 in Rockford, Ill....Daughter of Ann and Tm Buja...Enrolled in the Physician's Assistant Program at UMES...Best advice received: "You have to play to win, rather than play to not lose"...Goals for career: Be an All-American....Best Sports Moment: Winning the state championship her sophomore year and runner-up honors...Attended Thomas Jefferson High School...Was editor of the school yearbook and worked on the school's newspaper...Coaches middle school bowlers in her hometown...Was named a NIC-10 Scholar-Athlete all four years of high school and named valedictorian of her class of 380 students.
High School: Led team to an Illinois State Championship in 2008, was runner-up in individual standings that same year...Earned the NIC-1 Conference High Average Award in 2007 and 2009, was the State Runner-Up in 2008, a member of the All-State Team 2008-09, the NIC-10 MVP in 2009, a conference First-Team selection 2007-2010 and named the Bowler's Journal Top High School Prospect in 2008... Named Jefferson Female Athlete of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2010...Was Team MVP each year from 2007 through 2010... Holds the High Average Record all four years...Averaged a 218 for her prep days...Posted a 300 at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Finals, just the fourth ever recorded in the history of the event...Her teams made a finals appearance each year, was the runner-up in 2010 and conference champions in 2008 and 2010...Her junior and senior years also saw her earn an award as one of five female bowlers in the nation to be named a Dexter/USBC High School All-America Team member, was just the third female to ever earn a two-time selection. (Selection to the team is based on the student-athlete's bowling accomplishments from the current school year, academic achievement (minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale), letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and submitted essays and resumes. Five boys and five girls have been selected for the honor since the 2005-06 school year)...In league play averaged a 221...Rolled two 800 series and three perfect games. In 2010 she finished 33rd out of 521 bowlers at the Junior Gold Championships.
2010-2011: Bowled in 12 games and knocked down 2,157 total pins...Averaged a 179.75 for the season...Tallied a career high of a 238 in the second MEAC North Meet...Saw action in both the NCAA and USBC Collegiate finals where UMES became the first college bowling team to win both championships in the same season
2011-2012: Recorded a Top 50 (42nd/600) finish at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Junior Gold Championships...Was named to the FDU N.J. Jamboree All-Star Team...Named to All-Tournament Team at the Prairie View A&M Invitational...Earned the USBC's 2012 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award...All-MEAC Second-Team Selection...Named the NCAA's Elite 89 Award recipient for the highest GPA of any student-athlete at their sport's respective championship... Named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team. She was a First-Team selection in the University Division for women's at large teams...Named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Bowled in 55 team games averaging a 195.25...High game of a 264 in the Prairie View Invitational...Bowled in 68 Baker Games.
2012-2013: Named MEAC Bowler of the Week on Dec 5...All-MEAC Second-Team selection...Named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Named NCAA's Elite 89 Award winner for second straight year...NCBCA All-Academic selection...Named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team...Honorable Mention Academic All-NTCA...Earned the school's second ever CoSIDA Academic All-America honor...UMES Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Knocked over 11,920 pins for the season...Averaged 198.67 in 60 games...High game of 266 at the UMES Hawk Classic.
2013-2014: Named a Third-Team NTCA All-America selection...First-Team All-MEAC Selection...Pre-Season All-MEAC Selection...Named a Top 30 Finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year...Twice named MEAC Bowler of the Week....Named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Named NCAA's Elite 89 Award winner for third straight year...Finished in the top 10 in NCAA voting for the top NCAA Elite 89 Award winner...NCBCA All-Academic selection...Named to the Capital One Academic All-District II Team...Second-Team Academic All-NTCA...Earned the school's third and her second CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-America honor...UMES Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year...UMES Female Athlete of the Year...Singled out for departmental honors from the department of human ecology...Knocked down 9,612 pins for the season in team games...Averaged a team high 204.5 in 47 games...High game of 280 at the Music City Classic (Career high int he last regular season event of her career)...Tallied 62 Baker games, making a team-high 94% of her single pin spares.
Hall of Fame Coach Sharon Brummell on Buja when she started at UMES: "Megan is in a great place," said the former Head Coach Sharon Brummell. "Whether she knows it or not, she will be afforded the chance to compete as a freshman, but learn behind some of the best bowlers in the world, right here at UMES. Our young ladies bowl internationally and at national tournaments all year round. This is a full-time commitment to bowl for us, we expect our bowlers to stay at the top of their game. We know in Megan we are getting just that, a fully committed and talented bowler."
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