The Augustana Vikings women’s bowling team boasted their third straight 20-win season in head-to-head matches as head coach Marty Resner returned to his alma mater to lead the program.
Resner was the team’s head coach during the Vikings’ first two seasons from 2017-19 and after two years away took the job prior to the 2021-22 campaign. After a couple of competitive tournaments in late fall and early winter, the Vikings earned a top-five finish at the Peacock Classic in their first outing of the 2022 calendar year. Augie started slow in the tournament, dropping five of their first seven head-to-head contests, but closed the tournament in Waterloo, Iowa with six straight victories, including five over fellow CCIW schools. Madelyn Lathrop averaged a score of 198 throughout the invitational, tallying a high of 218.
In early February, the Vikings had a successfully trip to the first CCIW tournament of the year, which was Baker format. Augie bounced back from a 1-2 start with four wins in their final five matches, defeating Elmhurst, North Central, Lakeland, and Carthage to put the team in fourth place after the outing. The top four teams from both the Baker and traditional tournaments qualified for the CCIW Championships.
Augustana had one other non-conference tournament in between the first and second conference meetings as they traveled to Lockport, Ill. for the Lewis Flyer Classic. Again, the Vikings fought back from a slow start and finished fifth out of 13 teams present. After a 1-4 start to the weekend, Augie went 5-2 to close out the tournament for a 6-6 overall record. Their six wins included victories over the eventual champion and host school, Lewis, as well as a three-point win over DI school Valparaiso.
The team’s return trip to Naperville, Ill. for the CCIW traditional tournament had them coming up just short of the top four, ending in fifth place. The Vikings finished the two events with a winning record and were just one game behind both third and fourth place. Lathrop led the Vikings with a team-best average of 182.7 and had a high score of 206.
Following the conclusion of the season, three Augie members – Rose Klinger, Abigail Clark, Kennedy Sawyer – competed at the USBC Individual Sectionals. All three finished within the top 200, with…
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