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WHITEWATER, Wis. – Caitlin Mertins, a native of Racine, WI, and member of the UW-Whitewater bowling team, was one of 12 Warhawks who garnered National Tenpin Coaches Association All-Academic accolades for the 2021-22 season.

The Warhawks were also designated as an All-Academic Team with a team grade point average of 3.383, the No. 34 GPA among all NCAA bowling teams.


  • Kelsey Jaeger (New London, Wis./Little Wolf)
  • Sam Knab (Antioch, Ill./Antioch)
  • Caitlin Mertins (Racine, Wis./Park)
  • Piper Miles (Inverness, Ill./Fremd)
  • Kylie Wright (Dickeyville, Wis./Cuba City)


  • Jamie Gabrysz (Prescott Valley, Ariz./Fountain-Fort Carson (Colo.))
  • Bree Gullikson (Custer, Wis./Amherst)
  • Rebecca Howard (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove)
  • Rachel Nelson (Poplar Grove, Ill./Belvidere North)


  • Carley Frey (Baraboo, Wis./Baraboo)
  • Taylor Jensen (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie)
  • Dani Swaisgood (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs)

Jaeger, Knab, Mertins and Miles are now four-time honorees, while Wright, Gabrysz, Howard and Nelson take home the award for the second time.

All 12 players helped UW-Whitewater finish the season with a 49-45 record competing primarily against the nation’s top teams. The Warhawks were ranked third in the NTCA’s Division II/III Final Season Poll and 18th among all NCAA women’s bowling programs.

A total of 397 student-athletes from 67 NCAA institutions were named Academic All-NTCA. To be eligible, student-athletes must have carried a 3.40 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the 2021-22 year. 52 teams maintained at least at 3.20 GPA to qualify for the team award.

About UW-Whitewater

For more than 150 years, UW-Whitewater has provided students with the education and training to begin their careers with a solid foundation behind them.

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