Story Courtesy of DePauw Sports Information
Recent DePauw graduate Maggie MacPhail '15 (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor) is among the Top 30 honorees for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year and one of just 10 from Division III.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2015 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The final nine will be announced on September 25. (Complete list of Top-30 honorees)
From a record 480 school nominees, the committee selected 10 women representing each of the three NCAA divisions and 12 different sports. The 30 honorees combined for an average 3.81 grade point average, earned 15 Capital One Academic All-America honors, won 27 national championships, garnered 114 all-American accolades and totaled 14,000 hours of community service.
The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year Award, demonstrating excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
"This year marks the 25th celebration of the Woman of the Year program, and these women continue the tradition of being the best and brightest in college sports," said Shantey Hill, chair of the selection committee and assistant vice president and senior director of athletics of St. Joseph's College (Long Island). "This year's top 30 honorees are outstanding examples for women competing in sports at any level, and we are confident that they will continue to make a difference in the world for many years to come."
MacPhail, a biochemistry major and member of the women's tennis team, earned the NCAA's prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship in August as she was among 174 student-athletes on all NCAA levels to win the $7,500 award.
Earlier this summer, MacPhail was selected as the Pam Smith Award recipient as the North Coast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year.
MacPhail posted a 61-43 career singles record for the Tigers and was 97-39 in doubles competition. She earned all-America honors in doubles in 2013-14 after teaming with Caroline Emhardt to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/United States Tennis Association Division III Central Region Tournament. The duo then finished sixth in the Division III ITA/USTA Tournament.
During her freshman campaign, MacPhail was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year as well as the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Singles Championship in 2013 and the Doubles Championship in 2014 and 2015. A four-time all-NCAC first team singles selection, MacPhail earned first team honors in doubles three times and second team accolades once. This spring she was named the ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award winner for the Central Region.
Over her four seasons, the Tigers finished with a 72-29 record, four NCAC titles and four NCAA Division III postseason appearances. DePauw advanced to the NCAA third round in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and to the quarterfinal round in 2015.
MacPhail was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma National Scholar-Athlete Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Fraternity. She authored "Intraprocedural cleansing work during colonoscopy and achievable rates of adequate preparation in an open-access endoscopy unit" in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
A member of Mortar Board, she was a recipient of the President's Award for Excellence Scholarship and the Condit Science and Mathematics Award. MacPhail also interned in the Indiana University School of Medicine Research in the Gastroenterology Department and was a student researcher at DePauw on "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel, Metal-Containing lonogels."
MacPhail was the team's representative to DePauw's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during the 2013-14 year as well as the senior class representative on DePauw's Student Philanthropy Committee and served as a First-year Experience mentor. She also volunteered with the Team Riggle Foundation and as clerk at the Genesseret Free Medical Clinic and an aid in the Putnam County Hospital Emergency Room.
In May, MacPhail was chosen the top senior female student-athlete at DePauw and earned the Amy Hasbrook Award.
This marks the second consecutive year that a DePauw graduate has earned the Top 30 distinction as Paige Gooch '14 did so last year.