Senior captain Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) has been honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee for her outstanding performance in the month of February. Duggan finished third in the voting for the USOC's Februaty Female Athlete of the Month.
During February, Duggan led the Badgers to a perfect 8-0-0 record, a No. 1 national ranking throughout the month, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship and a trip to the WCHA Final Face-Off.
Totaling 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in those eight games (2.75 points per game average), Duggan helped extend the team's unbeaten streak to 22 games, while ending the month on her own six-game point streak. During the month, she broke the Wisconsin all-time scoring record and ranked seventh in NCAA history with 230 career points at the end of the month.
Duggan is the seventh player all-time and first for Wisconsin to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. For her efforts, Duggan was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 16 and was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.
The USOC's athlete of the month winners are selected by a voting panel. Online fan voting via a Twitter poll at @USOlympic accounts for 10 percent of the total vote.
For February, short track speedskater Katherine Reutter and Alpine skier Ted Ligety were the female and male athletes of the month, while the bobsled duo, USA I: Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, was awarded Team of the Month honors.
USOC Press Box: "Short track speedskater Katherine Reutter, alpine skier Ted Ligety and USA I: Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming bobsled team honored by U.S. Olympic Committee for outstanding performances in February" (March 9, 2011)