See Nick Sutton's shots from day one of the 2015 MEAC Women's Bowling Championships
Like many of the other international bowlers at UMES, Alvarado has competed all over the world. "We have become known for our international bowlers," said former head coach Sharon Brummell, who recruited her. "But you can't beat that experience, they bowl in different countries all the time, there is national pride and bragging rights on the line constantly. It is a big situation and when they come here they bring that with them. Mariana's very talented but combine that with her experience, and she will be a big part of our success this season."
Personal: Born September 21, 1992 in Mexico...Daughter of Gerardo Alvarado and Martha Nava...Has one sister Daniela and one brother Gerarado...Majoring in Aerospace Engineering...Best advice received is "always give 100%"...Favorite book is Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel...Goals for this year help her team make history again.
Memorable Moments: Mariana Alvarado (San Carlos, Mexico) is another international standout and the first in UMES' program from Mexico. Alvarado bowls for Team Mexico and will go to Thailand in 2012 representing her country. She has over 100 national awards in bowling and was in Finland at the world youth championships last year where she finished in the top 50. She was the 2008 under 16 Pan-Am Games Champion in San Salvador and in the 2011 games, took gold in trios and silver in teams when it was held in the Dominican Republic.
2011-2012: Named the schools second ever MEAC Bowling Rookie of the Year... Recorded a 9,683 total pinfall...Averaged a total 189.86 for the season...High game of 247.
2012-2013: All-Tournament Team at the DSU Capital Classic...All-MEAC Second-Team selection...Named to MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Named Honorable Mention All-American...NCBCA All-Academic selection...Honorable Mention Academic All-NTCA...Recorded a 8,990 total pinfall...Averaged a total of 195.43 in 46 games...High game of 277 rolled in the DSU Capital Classic
2013-2014: NTCA Second-Team All-America selection...All-MEAC First-Team selection...NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection...Two-time MEAC Bowler of the Week...UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week (1/27/14)...Pre-season All-MEAC selection...Kutztown Invitational All-Tournament Team...Qualified and bowled in the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championships, one of 16 in the nation to do so...Part of the 2014 MEAC Championship Team... Named as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award winner...The National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) named her to their All-Academic Team for having a GPA of a 3.5 or above...The National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) named her 2nd-Team All-Academic (3.4 GPA or higher)...Named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team...Totaled 9,964 total pins...Averaged 199.28 in 50 games...High of 279 at the UMES Hawk Classic (Tournament High Game)...Bowled in 61 Baker games.
2014-2015: Named MEAC Woman of the Year as selected by the conference's Senior Women Administrators ... nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year ... named First Team All-Academic by the NTCA along with teammate Thashaina Seraus ... won a pair of ECAC Bowler of the Week honors and won the MEAC's honor three times ... made the All-MEAC First-Team for the second consecutive year (third straight All-MEAC selection overall) ... also took home academic honors from the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) ... finished with an average of 207.27, tying her for second place in team game average in the nation ... matched a career high with a 279 at the Kutztown Invite ... bowled in 61 Baker games, and tossed the final strikes on a Baker 300 at Kutztown ... graduated in May with honors, a 3.71 GPA with a Mechanical Engineering major.