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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa Student-Athletes Academic Services (SAAS) recognized sophomore Spencer Lee (wrestling) and senior Megan Gustafson (women’s basketball) as March’s male and female student-athletes of the month.
The honor, voted by their peers, recognizes student-athletes who have excelled not only in their sports but in the classroom as well.
Lee, a Murrysville, Pennsylvania, native, won the 125-pound title at the 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh on March 23. The title was Lee’s second title in as many seasons as a Hawkeye. He outscored his opponents, 55-7, winning twice by decision, and once via major decision, technical fall, and pin. He scored 24.5 team points helping Iowa to a fourth place finish at Nationals. Lee is the first Hawkeye to defend his national title since Mark Perry won consecutive championships in 2007 and 2008, and the 23rd Hawkeye to win multiple NCAA championships. Lee’s title is the 84th individual NCAA title in school history.
Gustafson led Iowa to its first Elite Eight appearance since 1993. She guided Iowa to a Big Ten Tournament Title – its first since 2001 – and was named the tournament MVP. Gustafson led the country in five statistical categories, including points per game, double-doubles, field goal percentage, field goals made, and total points. In March, she was named a finalist for every major National Player of the Year Award, including the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy, AP Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Award, and Ann Myers Drysdale Award (USBWA). She was also named a finalist for the Lisa Leslie Top Center Award.
Since then, Gustafson has won the Naismith Trophy, USBWA Ann Myers Drysdale National Player of the Year Award, AP National Player of the Year, espnW National Player of the Year, and the Lisa Leslie Top Center Award.