MacPhail named NCAA finalist

Sunday, September 27, 2015
DPU's Maggie MacPhail is one of nine finalists in DIII nominated for NCAA Woman of the year. (DPU Photo)

Maggie MacPhail '15 (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor) has been named one of nine finalists for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award and one of just three from Division III.

The 2015 Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The nine finalists are among 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be recognized during the event. This group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represents a range of sports. Schools nominated 480 college athletes for the 2015 award.

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.

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