Megan Rapinoe was named Female Sports Star of the Year by the Seattle Sports Commission at tonight's 2016 MTR Western Sports Star of the Year banquet.
Rapinoe was up against Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm), Mary Lou Mulflur (UW Women's Golf Coach), Kelsey Plum (UW Women's Basketball), Lianna Sybeldon (UW Women's Volleyball), and Kamilah Williamson, a Special Olympics Swimmer.
Rapinoe had a dream sports year until she tore her ACL in late December during a World Cup Victory Tour training session. She scored two goals and notched two assists to help the U.S. win the World Cup, with the final match falling on her 30th birthday. Her five goals and five assists helped the Seattle Reign win their second straight NWSL Shield and play in their second straight NWSL Championship.
Nominees for the awards, now in its 81st year, are selected by the Sports Star Committee, which is a compilation of local sports historians, media, and other members of the sports industry, and then voted on by the general public.
Clint Dempsey was also nominated for Male Sports Star of the Year, but the award deservedly went to Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle Reign lost out to the UW Rowing team, who won their fifth straight title, for Sports Story of the Year.
Congrats, Pinoe. Here's to a speedy, speedy recovery so you'll create even more magic in 2016.