Waytashek Named Second Team Capital One Academic All-America®

South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek
South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek

Capital One Academic All-America® Women's Basketball Release

AUSTIN, Texas -- (gojacks.com) South Dakota State senior Megan Waytashek was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® Second Team Thursday, becoming the seventh Jackrabbit women's basketball student-athlete to earn academic honors.

A native of Lino Lakes, Minn., Waytashek was named to the squad after compiling a 3.97 GPA in mechanical engineering. The guard/forward, who has scored in double digits in 20 games and has 5 20-plus point games this season, leads the Jackrabbits in scoring (14.1), three-point field goal shooting (39.4) and steals (32). Waytashek also ranks 12th in career free-throw percentage (84.4) in the NCAA among active student-athletes. 

The two-time Summit League First Team All-Summit League, Waytashek was twice named to The Summit League All-Academic Team, honored three times as a Summit League Distinguished Scholar on the league's academic honor roll and to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.

Waytashek, a two-time All-District selection, spent this past summer as an undergraduate research assistant at SDSU, co-authoring ASME IMECE 2014 Conference Paper "Material property testing of PLA specimen 3d printed on an entry-level 3d printer". Additionally, she was a student intern at the Mayo Clinic in spring of 2013. On campus, Waytashek is the secretary of the Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and a member of Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society.

Waytashek is the first Jackrabbit since Ashley Eide was named Capital One Academic All-America Second Team twice in 2013 and 2012.

Selections are made by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).