April 16, 2009

NCAA RELEASE

JERSEY CITY, NJ - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that New Jersey City University (NJCU) has been selected as the host institution for the 2010 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship. The seventh-annual championship will be held from April 8-10, 2010 at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

This will mark the first national championship event NJCU has hosted in its athletics history. While the Gothic Knights have been the host to several major sectional and regional NCAA basketball tournament events - the 1980 and 1986 regional finals, the 1990 and 2004 second rounds and the 1995 and 1998 first rounds - it will be the first national event NJCU will host.

Since 2005, NJCU athletics has hosted the annual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's bowling championship, and its staff has been involved in the operations of all six NCAA women’s bowling championships.

The 2010 bowling championship will mark the first time that the event is held in the bowling-rich Mid-Atlantic region. The championship was twice held in Houston, Texas (2004, 2006) and Apopka, Florida (2005, 2007) before moving to Omaha, Nebraska in 2008 and to the Detroit suburb of Canton, Michigan in 2009.

"It is a privilege to host this championship," said Frank Parisi, NCAA Women's Bowling Committee member and the four-time National Coach of the Year at NJCU. "The national committee is looking to large bowling areas to host the event and the New Jersey area fits the criteria perfectly."

The NCAA holds national collegiate championships - championships in which institutions from Divisions I, II and III compete for the same title - in women's bowling, men's and women's gymnastics, women's water polo, rifle, men's and women's skiing and men's volleyball. NJCU will become the first Division III institution to host the NCAA National Collegiate Women's Bowling Championship. The only other Division III institutions to host a national collegiate championship were Bates College in skiing (1976 and 1999), Brandeis University in men's and women's fencing (1994, 1999 and 2004), Drew University in men's and women's fencing (2002 and 2007), Middlebury College in skiing (1961, 1973, 1988 and 2001), Norwich University in rifle (1999) and skiing (1954) and Springfield College in men's volleyball (1995).