Nebraska's first Mexican-born bowler

Published: Apr. 11, 2018 at 10:15 PM CDT
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Raquel Orozco admits it took her awhile to adjust to life in Lincoln. She moved to the Midwest in 2016 from Tijuana, Mexico.

"I was used to California culture," Orozco said. "You listen (and) people are speaking Spanish everywhere. Here, you barely find Latinos. It was hard last year. I thought I needed this."

Now in her sophomore season, Orozco is thriving at Nebraska. She says she has many healthy relationships throughout the community and enjoys the lifestyle in Lincoln. Plus, Orozco has grown to appreciate the weather.

"I like having all the seasons," Orozco said.

The Husker sophomore is the first Mexican-born bowler in program history. Orozco has played a valuable role in Nebraska earning the #1 seed for this week's NCAA Championships. She owns a team-beset 208 average this season, which ranks fifth nationally.

Orozco is also a member of the Mexico 21-and-under team, which has led her to tournaments in multiple countries. Orozco believes her international experience will help when the NCAA Championships begin on Thursday.