Megan Buja at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

May 20, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Megan Buja often hears the joke, `you have nowhere to go but down,' but the junior standout on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) women`s bowling is still striving for greatness. The four-time National Champion carries a 4.0 grade point average and is at the top of her sport in winning and at the top of her classmates in grades, achieving near perfection in her college career.

Last week it was announced that Buja was 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 for the second straight year. She is one of only two DI women's bowlers in the country to earn the recognition.

To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.3 grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on a team.

She also won the NCAA's Elite 89 award for the second year in a row. That award is presented in all 89 sports the NCAA sponsors and goes to the highest GPA of any student-athlete competing at the finals site in their respective sport. She also just earned her second UMES Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from the Division of Athletics. And on the lanes? Buja is a two-time All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) selection and was the 2012 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Star of Tomorrow winner.

The award is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performance in the classroom and in their sport.

The Academic All-District ® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The University Division team includes NCAA Division I participants, while the College Division team combines NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.



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