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Glowniak Is The 2022 Bowling Rookie Of The Year

First-year Rachel Glowniak and head coach Becky Kregling of the Sacred Heart University women’s bowling team were named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Glowniak, a native of Northampton, MA, led the Pioneers with a 193.6 average in conference play this season. She posted a total of 1,177 pins in six conference games, including a high game of 247. Glowniak earned NEC Rookie of the Week honors three times this season.

She is a former member of the United States Bowling Congress and has also served on the Board of Directors for the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Glowniak has been inducted into both the Women’s International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame and the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.

Rookie of the Year

Glowniak entered her rookie season with high expectations and did not disappoint. She was named the top rookie for bowling after averaging a 202.4 score over her first 10 games. Glowniak posted a career-high score of 659 in her very first game and went on to finish in the top five in scoring in eight of her 10 games. Her highest finish came at the Big Ten Championships, where she placed second overall with a three-game total of 1,196. Glowniak’s impressive rookie season has put her in position to be one of the top bowlers in the country for years to come.

“I’m just happy to be able to contribute and help my team win,” Glowniak said of her award. “It’s a great honor to be named rookie of the year, and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve and compete at a high level.”

Humble Beginnings

Glowniak is a native of Michigan and graduated from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. She turned professional in 2016 and joined the Women’s Bowling Association Tour in 2017. Glowniak made an immediate impact on the tour, winning three tournaments and finishing in the top 10 in eight of 13 events.

“I’ve worked hard to get where I am, and it’s paying off,” Glowniak said. “I’m excited for what the future holds and I’m going to keep working hard to be the best bowler I can be.”

Kregling guided the Pioneers to their first ever NEC Championship appearance in just her second season at the helm. Sacred Heart finished the regular season in second place with a 5-1 record in conference play. Under Kregling’s guidance, the Pioneers have improved their win total in each of the last two seasons.

Glowniak Legacy

Glowniak was ecstatic to receive the honor, and excited to continue bowling in the future. Glowniak stated that she loves the sport of bowling and is grateful to have received the award. Glowniak plans on continuing to bowl in tournaments and hopes to one day compete in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA).

Glowniak was the top rookie bowler in the league last year. She is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association and has been bowling for over 10 years. Glowniak has won multiple tournaments and is currently ranked second in the world in women’s bowling. She is a native of Michigan and currently resides in Florida. Glowniak is an avid bowler and also enjoys fishing and spending time with her family.