WOODBRIDGE, NJ - Spotswood High School junior Chloe Donelan finished second in the Greater Middlesex Conference Individual Bowling Championships at Majestic Lanes on Tuesday. Donelan was the second seed in the championship round that included the top five finishers out of a field of 36 female bowlers from high schools throughout Middlesex County. The Spotswood native went head to head with East Brunswick's Mackenzie Keane in the final. Keane won the championship round 247 to 217 to become the 2020 Greater Middlesex Conference Bowling champ.
The sophomore bowler was the number one seed in the finals and was the defending GMC champ. Keane won the title last season as a freshman and later helped the Bears claim the Central Jersey Group IV title. She was tapped the Greater Middlesex County Winter Athlete of the year for 2019.
Fifth seeded Jillian Kwock of South Brunswick High School defeated fourth seeded Rebecca Hoff from Colonia High School 235 to 225 in the first step ladder match. Kwock then took on third seeded Rebecca Reitano of East Brunswick High School. The Viking bowler won 182 to 178 to move into the semifinal round against Donelan.
The pair ended up tied following the matchup and needed a two-frame tiebreaker to see who would face Keane in the finals. Donelan came out on top in the tiebreaker, winning 57-36.
The junior improved on last year's GMC finish when Donelan finished the championship in 11th place. Even though Spotswood High School does not have a bowling team, Donelan is still able to bowl in the conference and state tournaments as an individual bowler. Donelan is a member of the Spotswood High School girls varsity tennis team and outside of school competes in Junior Bowlers Tour tournaments along with the annual Pepsi Youth Tournament and the Mid-Atlantic Youth Tournament.
Next up for Donelan is the NJSIAA tournament that begins on February 8. Last year, Donelan finished eighth in the state tournament, narrowly missing going to the finals, which included the top five finishers in the individual tournament.