Students to Compete in Regional Fishing Championship

Release Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College sophomores Troy Eikenberry of Rocks Falls, Illinois and Adrian Avena of Vineland, New Jersey will compete in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship on Lake Norman, Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7-9, 2009. Eikenberry and Avena qualified for the regional championship by taking fifth place in the National Guard FLW College Fishing bass tournament held in Plattsburgh, New York on August 29, 2009.

As a result of their 5th place win, Eikenberry and Avena won $2,000; $1,000 was donated to the College and $1,000 went toward the College’s bass-fishing club. The winner of the regional championship on November 7 – 9 will receive $25,000 for their school and their club, and the top five teams will advance to the National Fishing Championship in Knoxville, TN in April 2010.

The Chestnut Hill College Fishing Club has enjoyed immediate success with founders Eikenberry and Avena, who lived on the same residence hallway last year and started the club with help from Rick Malloy, S.J., Ph.D., assistant professor of cultural anthropology and sociology. This past summer they finished 17 out of 40 at a Maryland tournament in June, then 13th at a New York tournament in July.

National Guard FLW College Fishing is a nationwide competitive bass-fishing program that is open to all full-time students of four-year colleges and universities. For more information and coverage of the November championships, visit