Q&A with Badger softball player
and Kinesiology major Megan Tancill
With the 2013–14 academic year concluded, the Big Ten Conference in May released its list of student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference team.
To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Among those earning recognition were five Badgers who are majoring in Kinesiology: Mitchell King, men’s rowing; Theresa Selestow, women’s track and field; Abbie Weigel, women’s track and field, Kris Yoo, women’s golf; and Megan Tancill, softball.
Tancill — who carries a 3.506 cumulative grade-point average and now is a senior within the Department of Kinesiology’s Exercise and Movement Science option — appeared in all 52 games, starting 44, for a Badgers softball team that this past spring made its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Tancill, who grew up in Verona, Wis., and attended Edgewood High School in Madison, took some time to share her thoughts about being a student-athlete at UW–Madison with On the Move. Following is an edited transcript:
Why did you decide on Kinesiology as a major?
I chose Kinesiology because it incorporates my love of sports and science. Breaking down the science behind every movement that we perform is something that I find really interesting, and it relates a lot to athletic performance, which is very important for me on the softball field.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to get schoolwork done?
I like going to the library, especially Wendt and Steenbock. I also really like studying at Union South.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to relax or hang out?
The Memorial Union in the summertime is my favorite place to relax. The awesome view and fun environment are second-to-none.
What’s the best thing about being a student-athlete?
The camaraderie of the team is pretty special, and I know the friendships I have made on this team are ones that I will have for the rest of my life. I also love being able to play for the university that I have grown up cheering for.
What’s the worst part about being a student-athlete?
It’s a pretty busy schedule, and learning how to time manage is an art that took me awhile to master.
What’s your most memorable moment on the softball diamond?
Winning the Big Ten Championship my sophomore year (in 2013). It was such a huge moment for our program and really was the first step in our program receiving national attention and respect.
Your father, Chris Tancill, played hockey for the Badgers. What sort of advice has he been able to offer you about being a student-athlete?
Through his collegiate and professional career, my dad always stressed working hard and being prepared for the season. Most importantly, he has given me a lot of advice on mental toughness.
Who are your role models?
My role models are my parents. They have taught me the importance of hard work and respect both on and off the field, and I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support and guidance.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself working as a physical therapist in either a sports medicine clinic or hospital. After playing sports for so many years, I want to still be involved in sports after my college career is over, so working with athletes as a physical therapist is my goal.
What’s your favorite class?
Anatomy 329, the laboratory component of anatomy, has been my favorite class so far. We were able to work with cadavers in order to better understand human anatomy, which I found incredibly interesting. I was lucky to be able to do that as an undergrad.