Year: Senior
City/State: Bellevue, Neb.
High School: Bellevue East


Honors and Awards

  • Member of 2009 and 2013 Nebraska NCAA Championship Teams
  • X-Bowling Intercollegiate Singles National Champion (2013)
  • NTCA All-Academic Team (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • NCAA First-Team All-American (2012)
  • NCAA Third-Team All-Tournament Team  (2011, 2012)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award (2012, 2013)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Spring, 2009, 2010, 2011; Fall, 2009, 2010)

2012-13 (Senior)
A returning All-American, Kristina (Kristi) Mickelson (pronounced MIKE-el-son) added to her already storied career at Nebraska during her senior campaign, leading the Huskers on and off the bowling alley to capture their fourth NCAA Title.

Winning the NCAA title was not enough for Mickelson, as she won the X-Bowling Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ran by the USBC) a week after the NCAA championship match at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln.

Mickelson’s run to an individual national title included a perfect game in the second round, and a perfect game into the 10th frame in her championship match victory. She finished with a 289-223 win over Wichita State's Tannya Rournimper.

In five tournaments during the 2012-13 season, Mickelson rattled off five 200 and above game averages. The most important being her 224.8 game average at the NCAA Championships, including 95 pocket hits with only 15 open frames.

She also excelled at the Central Missouri Women’s Collegiate Invitational, posting a 218.2 average with 103 pocket hits and only 13 open frames. Mickelson’s efforts helped the Huskers sweep the field at the tournament.

A tremendously hard worker in the classroom, Mickelson captured academic All-Big Ten honors and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She also earned spots on Nebraska’s Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13.

2011-12 (Junior)
After a strong showing during her sophomore season, Mickelson continued to perform at a high level for the Husker bowling team. Competing in every meet for NU, Mickelson scored the second-highest season pinfall average (203.3) (43 games) on the team. 

During her junior season, Mickelson was the only Husker to bowl a game average over 220 multiple times. She was at her best at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. when she bowled a game average of 223 with 97 pocket hits, helping the Huskers win the tournament. 

Mickelson finished her season strong at the NCAA Championships, posting the second highest game average on the team with 201.4, while also recording 82 pocket hits. 

At seasons end, Mickelson earned NCAA First Team All-American and Third Team NCAA All-Tournament honors.

2010-11 (Sophomore)
Mickelson continued with her strong bowling performances, competing in six of the Husker's eight tournaments. A bowler who is strong under pressure, Mickelson had her best showing at the 2011 NCAA Championships, bowling in four team games and earning a 212 average, good for the seventh-highest average on the tournament. Mickelson earned a second-place finish earlier in the season at the Capital City Collegiate Classic, individually. She averaged 208 through five games, second to only Valerie Calberry's 209 average.

At seasons end, Mickelson earnd a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Third Team

Mickelson earned spots on both the Big 12 Academic At-Large team and the fall 2010 and spring 2011 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

2009-10 (Freshman)
Mickelson was one of the few Huskers that competed in every tournament during the Husker's NCAA runner-up run. Mickelson had a season average of 189.9 and averaged 207 through three games at the Greater Ozark Invitational.

2008-09 (Redshirt)
Mickelson redshirted her first season at Nebraska. In August of 2009, Mickelson placed first in the Iowa Junior Tour event.

Before Nebraska
Mickelson was the 2006, 2007 and 2008 all-state all-tournament team captain following her bowling successes at Bellevue East High School. She was also the Nebraska bowling state champion from 2005 to 2008. Mickelson graduated from Bellevue East in 2008, after earning a spot on the honor roll every quarter in high school.

Kristina was born Oct. 4, 1989, in El Paso, Texas, and is the daughter of Janice and Ron Mickelson. A standout in the classroom and the community, Mickelson earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2013 after majoring in criminal justice and criminology/psychology. An academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 and 2013, Mickelson added a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award in 2013. She was also a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2012-13. She represented the bowling team on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. 

USBC Events
2005 Greater Omaha City Singles (First Place - 744)
2005 Greater Omaha All Events (Third Place - 2,015)
2006 USBC Greater Omaha City Singles (First Place)
2006 USBC Greater Omaha (First Place Classic Team)
2006 & 2007 All-Star Team
2007 USBC Greater Omaha Singles (Fifth Place)
2007 USBC Greater Omaha All Events (Fifth Place)
2007 USBC Nebraska State Singles (First Place)
2007 USBC Nebraska State Doubles (First Place)
2008 USBC Nebraska State Singles (First Place)
2008 USBC Nebraska State Doubles (First Place)
2008 USBC Nebraska State Team (First Place)
2008 USBC Nebraska State All Events (First Place)
Coach Level - Certified USABC Coach Level 1

2005-06-07-08 Metro League High Average and Point Leader
2002 YABA Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Game
2003 Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Series
2004 Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Series
2005 Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Series
2006 Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Series
2007 Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Series
2008 Nebraska Bowler of the Year City and State High Series

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