Murray Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

NCAA Release

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Senior Meggie Murray was nominated for the 2015 Woman of the Year award amongst a class of 480 female student-athletes -- the most ever in the history of the program -- announced by the NCAA office today. One of 207 nominees to compete in Division I-level competition, Murray was a standout for K-State Women's Rowing both on the water as a team captain, as well as in the classroom where she was a four-time Academic All-Big 12 member. 

In its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

On the water, Murray has been a stalwart on the Wildcats' top boat, the 1st Varsity 8, for most of her four years in Manhattan and has captained K-State for the past two seasons. She has been named to the All-Big 12 second team twice in her career and helped the Wildcats to top-three team finishes at the Big 12 Championship in back-to-back seasons. Murray's success with the 1V8, in particular, has seen her rack up a silver medal in 2014 and a bronze in 2015 at Big 12 Grand Finals, as well as earn honors such as conference Boat of the Week twice in 2014. She also helped the Wildcats to their first-ever victories over a ranked opponent, defeating then-No. 19 ranked Oklahoma at the 2014 Longhorn Invitational.

Outside of athletics, Murray has an impressive list of accomplishments in the classroom. Along with being a four-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, the Overland Park, Kansas, native received the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award in 2014. Studying dietetics, Murray has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in every semester she has spent at K-State and earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete in her past two seasons. She also spent this past year as a representative for K-State's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), specializing in the role of communications for the elite leadership group. 

Of the 480 nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics. The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees -- 10 from each division. 

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.