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Two Bearkats Earn All-America Honors
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Release: 04/16/2012
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Dayna Galganski and Michelle Secours from Sam Houston State University's nationally-ranked women's bowling team have been named to the National Ten Pin Coaches Association (NTPC) 2012 All-America squad.

Galganski, a senior from North Palm Beach, Fla., and Secours, a junior from Brockport, NY, both were honorable mention selections on the 2012 NTPC All-America team.

Only 25 women from the NCAA Division I bowling teams across the country were selected to the All-America squad.

Galganski is being recognized as an All-American for the second year in a row.

Both were leaders for the Sam Houston State team in 2011-12 as the Bearkats rolled up a 79-35 overall won-loss record that included 46 victories over nationally ranked teams. The SHSU women's bowling team finished the year ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division I women's bowling and climbed as high as No. 5 during the season.

In traditional team play this year, Secours led the Bearkats with an average of 196.88 pins in 40 games while Galganski ranked second on the squad with a mark of 193.33.

"This is a tremendous honor for both young women," Sam Houston head coach Brad Hagen said. "To be a second year program and already have had two bowlers named All-America a total of three times is an exciting accomplishment."

2012 NTCA All-America Teams

First Team
Jackie Carbonetto, Sacred Heart
Rachel Gittings, Arkansas State
Brittni Hamilton, Vanderbilt
Kayla Johnson, Nebraska
Danielle McEwan, Fairleigh Dickinson

Second Team
Jessica Earnest, Vanderbilt
Natalie Jimenez, Central Missouri
Kayla Jones, Kutztown
Amanda Lobossiere, Arkansas State
Kayla Richard, Central Missouri

Third Team
Joely Carrillo, Fairleigh Dickinson
T'nia Falbo, Maryland-Eastern Shore
Sarah Lokker, Arkansas State
Kristina Mickelson, Nebraska
Nicole Trudell, Sacred Heart

Honorable Mention
Valarie Calberry, Nebraska
Natalie Cortese, Valparaiso
Melanie DeCarlo, Alabama A&M
Dayna Galganski, Sam Houston State
Samantha Hesley, Vanderbilt
Christina Leid, St. Francis (Pa)
Gabriella Mayfield, Central Missouri
Danielle Merino, Adelphi
Nicole Parkhurst, Stephen F. Austin
Michelle Secours, Sam Houston State

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