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Release Date Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rohrer Named RMAC Woman Of The Year

Megan Rohrer
RAPID CITY, SD (June 28, 2017) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology graduate and former scholar athlete Megan Rohrer was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Woman Athlete of the Year by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The honor is bestowed upon a graduating female student athlete in the RMAC who accomplishes unparalleled academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

"I feel very honored to receive this award. I'm sure there were many amazing applicants," Rohrer said. "The opportunity to represent the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and South Dakota School of Mines is a great one. I am very fond of my time there on and off the court."

Rohrer, a standout Hardrocker women's basketball player (2013-17) from Greenwood Village, Colo., graduated in May with an Industrial Engineering degree and now works for Union Pacific Railways as a Production Manager in Nebraska.

"Megan is the pure definition of scholar athlete. Her work ethic in the classroom, on the basketball court and in the community was extraordinary," said Hardrocker Athletic Director Joel Lueken. "Megan works really hard in everything that she takes on. I couldn't think of a more deserving recipient of the RMAC Woman of the Year Award."

Rohrer had an exceptional finish to her senior year for the Hardrockers, topped off with the Hardrocker Female Athlete of the Year honor. Rohrer finished her senior season averaging 27.3 minutes per game, 9.9 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game and 1.6 blocks per game. She shot 36.8 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. Rohrer also earned RMAC Second Team honors and RMAC All-Academic First Team accolades. She was also instrumental in helping the SD Mines women's team earn a first-ever berth to the RMAC post-season tournament.

Rohrer was a three-year starter for the Hardrocker women's basketball team and finished her career ranked 16th all-time for scoring (1,179) and third all-time for blocks (133).

On the academic side, Rohrer earned an Industrial Engineering degree with a 3.9 GPA. She was named to the Dean's List each semester at SD Mines, was a Culture and Attitude Scholar, and the recipient of the NASA Space Grant. This fall, she will begin a master's program in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado.

Rohrer also volunteered many hours to community service opportunities when she wasn't concentrating on academics or athletics. She donated her time as an elementary school tutor, helped during nursing home spa days, assisted in youth basketball camps and was a key contributor during Fellowship of Christian Athlete projects.

"On behalf of Hardrocker women's basketball and Hardrocker Athletics, congratulations to Megan Rohrer on receiving the RMAC Woman of the Year Award," said SD Mines women's basketball head coach Ryan Larsen. "What a tremendous and well deserved honor for Megan."

The RMAC Woman of the Year Award will be presented to Rohrer at the 2017 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Friday, July 14 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rohrer then becomes a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each NCAA division and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics selects an overall winner from those Top 9. All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the JW Marriott Indianapolis (Ind.) on Oct.


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