Name: Sydney Brummet
School: Wichita State University
Location of school: Wichita, KS
Year in School: Senior

What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

My favorite part of college bowling is the competitive platform. It is not a typical setting for our sport, where five to eight people get to come together for one common purpose. It truly is one of the best platforms for bowling.

What is your preparation routine before a big event?

A few weeks before the event I stop working on trying to improve my game and just allow myself to feel good about how I am throwing it. I work on visualizing good pre-shot routines and watching my ball go through the pins for a strike every time. I take a few days to check my bowling balls to make sure everything is how it needs to be and the surfaces are set up in an appropriate way.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?

We work on our games every single day. We have official team practices Monday through Thursday, along with workouts (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) and study hall on Wednesdays. However, we commit a lot of time outside of team practice to getting to be the best player we can be.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?

This one is hard for me to put into words. When teamwork is going well the energy is electrifying and the connection between teammates is seamless. When it is going well words are not needed. It becomes easy to move off of each other and watch lane transition happen. It simply looks like having fun and playing lanes.

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?

The physical game is important, but to me the mental game is much more important. Being able to mentally rebound from a bad day or stay committed during a good day is much harder than simply working hard on a physical game. It is easy to see physical game changes, but mental games changes take faith and belief to occur.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?

We are a Storm sponsored collegiate program! So our team is very thankful to have stars and bolts on our bowling balls. Storm and Roto Grip have the best brand in the business by providing a wide range of bowling balls that can fit every member of our team, no matter what pattern we are bowling on that week. For me personally, there is no company whose balls go through the pins better than Storm and Roto Grip!

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

Life as a collegiate athlete is beyond satisfying. I get to spend everyday at a university that provides me with an outstanding education in my desired field. I also get to focus on my passion and love in life – bowling. Getting to do this is a privilege and a blessing. Each day I wake up just being thankful for the opportunity to study my sport and my chosen field.

What does a typical practice session look like at your program?

This honestly depends on the day. We spend a lot of our team practices focused on getting to know our teammates games’ better, and simply focusing on how we can play lanes better as a group. We focus some of our time on spares and some on trying to beat the boys 🙂

Are there mandatory workouts at your program? If no, how do you stay fit?

Yes there are mandatory workouts! However, we still commit more time to the gym than just the mandatory workouts. We do a program called F45 and it was originated in Australia, and we were one of the first two universities in the United States to provide the workout class to the students.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

The practice facilities are right on campus. We are extremely blessed.

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?

We have practices together everyday. However, usually the women are on the first four lanes and the men are on the second four. But, on some days we mix and get to bowl together. Those are some of my most favorite practices. No matter what, though, we are cheering for each other and hoping that each other succeeds.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

Storm IQ Tour, of course! This ball is one that when I have no idea what is going on, I can change to it and it will tell me exactly what the lane is doing and what the lane is looking for.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?

We are limited to five balls each tournament. I simply stick with building an arsenal around my IQ Tour. So I have a big ball (one that reads the lane early), then the next ball is typically one that is pretty early but will be a little stronger on the backends than the big ball, then my IQ tour, then a higher RG ball (it typically tends to be the hyroad), and last the trusty spare ball.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

At Wichita State we are always just worried about beating the lane condition. So, really, I’m never having to compete against friends. It’s amazing to see them at tournaments and get to interact while playing the sport that we love!

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?

It is possible! (I am a tour guide on campus!) But, we have to be very good at budgeting our time.

What’s the funniest thing that has happened in college bowling?’

At one of the collegiate tournaments in Las Vegas, one of our teammates (she’s kind of short ;)) decided it would be really funny to belt Celine Dion at the top of her lungs in the middle of Caesar’s Palace. The whole lobby looked at her confused and we just all laughed.

What’s one thing that a high school bowler should know before going into college that may surprise them?

Being a student athlete is stressful. It is important to start learning time management early so when you get to college it is easy to just keep doing what you’ve been doing!