2009-01-16 / Sports

Megan McKenna Soars With The Hawks

By Keisha Frazier

Megan McKenna. Photo courtesy of Hunter College. Megan McKenna. Photo courtesy of Hunter College. Megan McKenna was recognized as New York 1 Scholar Athlete of the Week for basketball in high school, and was most recently awarded First Team in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) All-Stars for softball, an award given to a select group of athletes from different CUNY colleges across the city.

McKenna, who once played for Midwood High School in Brooklyn, now attends Hunter College, where she plays softball and basketball for the Hawks, a Division 3 institution.

McKenna's current focus is on the Hunter Hawks women's basketball team, which is fourth in the conference. This 5'8" shooting guard explains that in college, players are from all different backgrounds and high schools and, therefore, used to different coaching styles. The competition is more intense and everyone is bigger and stronger, and the games are more physical.

"We're struggling a little right now, but we will get better in time," McKenna says. "Basketball is a sport where it takes the team a while to mold."

McKenna believes that she and her basketball teammates are becoming a family. This family takes up a huge part of McKenna's weekly schedule. Her average week focuses on schoolwork and sports, without much time left over for the finer things in life. However, whenever she can she tries to find a spare moment to spend with family and friends.

"They never question what I do," she says, "and they try to come to my games."

Although her home is in Rockaway Beach, Megan currently resides in Manhattan in student housing. When she returns to her beach view apartment, she describes the experience as "so much more relaxing. It's like two different worlds."

Megan played baseball for Rockaway's Little League and basketball in the court across the street from her house with neighborhood friends.

"I still have a lot to learn," McKenna explained. "Every athlete can only get better."

In the spring, McKenna will be traveling to Florida with her softball team, which earned the trip after winning a game in last year's Regional tournament.

"The softball program is very strong," McKenna said. "I am excited to go."

As for the future, McKenna will try to incorporate her passion for sports and her interest in medical science into a career choice. Although she would like to pursue something in a health-related field, McKenna says, coaching is not out of the question.

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