Honors & Awards
- NTCA First-Team All-American (2013)
- NCAA Championship Most Valuable Bowler (2013)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2013)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013)
Lizabeth Kuhlkin led Nebraska's run to the 2013 NCAA title as a first-team NTCA All-American and the Most Valuable Bowler of the NCAA Championships.
The sophomore from Schenectady, N.Y., recorded a team-high 214.9 average throughout the season, before taking her game to an even higher level with a 219.8 average at the NCAA Championships.
During the 2012-13 regular season, Kuhlkin captured a team-best four all-tournament selections, including the Mid-Winter Classic (Jan. 11-13) where Kuhlkin bowled a 218.8 average with total pinfall of 1,094. At Nebraska's next tournament, the Prairie View A&M Invite (Feb. 1-3), Kuhlkin continued to dominate with a 209.8 average (1,049 total pinfall).
Kuhlkin helped the Huskers sweep the field at the Central Missouri Women’s Bowling Invitational (March 1-3), with a season-high average of 238.4. In the final tournament of the regular season, Kuhlkin powered the Huskers with a 221.8 average at the prestigious Music City Classic (March 15-17).
A standout in the classroom as well, Kuhlkin claimed academic All-Big Ten honors, while earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.
Kuhlkin was a significant contributor to Nebraska's third-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships. She recorded a 193 average with 73 pocket hits at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Her postseason performance followed a strong regular season that included a career-best 217.8 average at the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington, Texas. She added a 215.6 average at the Big Red Invitational in Lincoln. Kuhlkin opened her collegiate career with a 202.4 average with 62 pocket hits at the Crusader Classic in Valparaiso, Ind.
She recorded a 197.4 pinfall average for her freshman year, bowling 43 games.
Kuhlkin graduated from Schalmont High School in New York as one of the most decorated youth bowlers in the nation. Kuhlkin bowled an 835 series and was honored as a Times-Union Female Athlete of the Month. In 2009-10, Kuhlkin was honored as the USBC youth female high average winner. Kuhlkin also was a member of the Schalmont Sabres Section II Class B State Championship team. Kuhlkin has been bowling since age six and also played softball at Schalmont.
Lizabeth was born on Sept. 15, 1993 to Mark and Ricki Kuhlkin. Lizabeth has one brother, Derek. Lizabeth is a news-editorial major at Nebraska and earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2013. She also claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.