The Ottawa University bowling teams found success in two Tier 1 tournaments before Christmas. The men finished in the top 25 in both tournaments.

The women were 15th in the Carlson Invitational and third in the Collegiate Shootout. The women finished with 8,235 pins in the Carlson event.

The men had 8,535 pins in the Carlson tourney and finished 23rd in the Shootout with 8,487 pins.

Daniel Hall paced Ottawa with 1,841 pins and finished 36th at Carlson. Ethan Cowen was 127th with a 1,504 pin total.

Jared Freed led the men in the Collegiate Shootout, finishing 49th with a pin total of 1,169. Brady Brunson was 58th at 1,145. Hall was next at 137th with a pin total of 883.

“The men showed a lot of heart and fight against some of the top teams in the country, and although we missed a few opportunities to move into the top ten during the weekend, we just didn’t catch the breaks needed that a young team like us needs to make it into match-play,” assistant bowling coach Brian Rickert said. “Brady Brunson and Ethan Cowen were solid all weekend, and we had some key contributions by Tyler Barnett off the bench.”

Alaina Burris was the top finisher for the women at the Carlson event, finishing 76th with a pin total of 1,447. Danika Hickey was 97th at 1,244 pins.

Reagan Lorey paced the women at the Shootout, taking 14th with a pin total of 1,145. Kaitlyn George was 75th with a pin total of 908.

“We got off to a slow start during the first tournament,” head bowling coach Geoff Poston said. “We got it going late and that carried over to the second tournament, where we were able to sneak into the finals. This was a great experience for all of our ladies. Being able to finish third, making the finals and being featured on BowlTV was an awesome experience for them. It creates great momentum heading into the new year.”