Megan Gustafson visits State Capitol to sea of fans, including senators and sixth graders


Katina Zentz

Iowa center Megan Gustafson prepares to shoot a free-throw during the NCAA Sweet 16 game against NC State at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wolfpack 79-61.

Charles Peckman, News reporter

On April 24, the Iowa Senate honored Megan Gustafson in Des Moines for her academic and athletic accomplishments. Gustafson was named the Naismith Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year, and ESPNW Player of the Year  and was drafted by the WNBA’s Dallas Wings.

Throughout the morning, Gustafson took photos with senators. Upon leaving the Capitol, Gustafson ran into a group of sixth-graders on a field trip from Ankeny.

“[Megan’s] the best player in the country,” Iowa guard Makenzie Meyer told The Daily Iowan on April 1. “It’s amazing to have played with her, but people don’t realize the type of person she is off the court. One of the best teammates I’ve ever played with, so unselfish, so hard-working. We’re going to miss [her].”

On the Senate floor, Sen. Zach Wahls, D-Coralville, honored Gustafson for her accomplishments.

“The Senate hereby recognizes and congratulates Megan Gustafson for her outstanding career at the University of Iowa and wishes her continued success during her Women’s Basketball Association career,” he said.