K-State Sports Extra Q&A With Meggie Murray
Murray has spent the past three seasons competing with the Wildcats' 1st Varsity 8 boat, and, in her four years, has helped the program grow into a key contender in the Big 12. She was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team in both 2013 and 2014. Additionally, she helped the Wildcats defeat a ranked opponent in then-No. 19 Oklahoma last season for the first time in program history (March 23, 2014) and finish a program-best second at the 2014 Big 12 Championship.
The Wildcats will look to Murray for leadership as the team heads to the 2015 Big 12 Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this weekend.
As committed to her studies as she is her sport, Murray is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team performer and C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal recipient. In 2014, Murray was named a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and received the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
Earlier this month at the annual Powercat Choice Awards, Murray was named K-State Athletics' Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
K-State Sports Extra met up with Murray at the Intercollegiate Rowing Center. Here is what she had to say:
Sports Extra: You're a senior, so you've obviously seen a lot of change within the K-State rowing program throughout your time here. How exciting has it been to be a member of this team these past four years?
Meggie Murray: It's been so exciting. I can hardly put into words the number of changes over these past four years. Before, we had an erg room on the top floor of Ahearn where we had to climb up three flights of stairs, and the coaches' offices were right next to a men's locker room. Knowing that's where we came from, and then coming here, it's mind boggling to me. It's just amazing.
SE: How much has this Intercollegiate Rowing Center helped you grow?
MM: It's helped a lot. We always say we love it, and we hate it. (laughs) We love the fact that we have all these resources, but we hate it because it makes us work so much harder, but that has led to a lot of the success that we have had. Most of all, though, I think it's just brought our team together. We've gotten to know the younger girls better, and we're more of a unit now rather than having everyone all over the place.
SE: Where would you say this team is at right now?
MM: We have one competition left, the Big 12 Championship. We've seen success this year, but we've seen some heartbreak too. (Each race has) been a learning situation, so now we're just looking to go strong into Big 12s.
SE: Do you like this team's mindset and focus going into the Big 12 Championship?
MM: Yes, for sure. Everyone is very committed and focused right now. We're just getting excited for it to finally be here.
SE: You recently earned K-State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and you've seen quite a bit of academic success. How do you find that balance between being competitive in your sport but also a top scholar in the classroom?
MM: It's taken a lot of trial and error, but I'm unbelievably grateful; we have a fantastic support system in this athletics department. They invest so much into a sport that is so unfamiliar to the Midwest, and they make sure that we have all the recourses that we need. My teammates and our coaching staff are all very supportive, so I feel very, very blessed.
SE: You mentioned rowing was a sport unfamiliar to the Midwest. Coming here from Overland Park where you weren't around the sport, was it difficult for you to figure it all out?
MM: It was a shock coming in, but the cool thing about our program is that none of the racers right now have ever raced before. So, no pun intended, but we are all in the same boat coming into this. We all support each other and learn together. It's cool to grow together with everyone.
SE: What are you studying at K-State and why did you chose that major?
MM: I'm studying Dietetics. I came in knowing that I loved the health side of things, but obviously sports have always been a huge passion of mine. So I've been getting to use what I learn in class with what I love to do. The nutrition side of things, it's interesting.
SE: Finally, what is the best part about being a student-athlete at K-State?
MM: The best part is the camaraderie between everybody. Everyone says it's a family here, and it might be cliché, but it's so true. When I came in, I felt like I was embraced and supported from the very beginning. I'm very grateful for everything and all the opportunities that have been given to me throughout my time at K-State.