A native of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Sue was one of those unique individuals who combined both academic and athletic talent in a way that is almost unheard of today. She was a four-year starting member of three different varsity teams, earning 12 varsity letters in the process to become one of the few students in F&M history to record such a feat. To comprehend Bowen's achievements, her records will be summarized by sport. In field hockey, Sue was one of the team leaders all four years, but especially so in her senior year. She led the team in goals (26) and the MAC in scoring (11 goals 4 assists) and was named to MAC Most Valuable Player.
Her 26 goals established a school record for goals in one season, and her 7 goals against Albright was also a school record for a single game. The 1979 team competed in the first NCAA Division III Field Hockey championship, where the Diplomats finished second. In basketball, Sue led the team in scoring her senior year with a 13.8 points per game average. That same season, she was elected to the MAC All-Conference team. During three of her four years, Sue's team finished in first place in the Penn Mar Conference. Lacrosse was Sue's third sport, and she was equally adept. She was the team's captain and MVP her last two years. With no post-season team lacrosse tournament for women at that time, individuals went on to post-season play by vying for places on national teams.
In 1978, Sue participated on the USWLA national tournament fourth team, representing Philadelphia, followed by two years on the Philadelphia-area USWLA tournament second team. At the end of her senior year, Sue was accorded the Athletic Department's highest honor by being named the "Outstanding Senior Athlete-Woman." Following graduation, she continued her athletic participation in the sports of lacrosse and squash. She was a member of the US National Women's Lacrosse Team between 1980 and 1985, the retired due to an injury. In 1983, she was an alternate to the U.S. team that captured the gold medal in the World Championships in England.
She also played in the Olympic Exhibition games in 1984 and played on the New England #1 team that won the National Tournament in 1984. Sue ended her lacrosse career in 1985 as a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the Canadian National Championships. Sue then picked up the game of squash and has become a nationally ranked player, currently #2 in Massachusetts Women's B squash and #5 nationally in Women?s B. Sue received her MBA from Boston University in 1989. She currently lives in Boston and works for Unisys Corp. as a branch manager.