Meghan Ellis
Meghan Ellis
Height: 6-1
Year: SR
Hometown: Bedford, N.H.
High School: Bedford
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Leadership Studies

Career Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year
  • 2018 Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference
  • 2018 Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Distinguished Athlete of the Year Award
  • 2017 Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference
  • 2017 Rhode Island Rammy Award winner for Female Breakthrough Athlete
  • Two-time Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference (2017, 2018)
  • Three-time CRCA Scholar Athlete Award Winner (2016, 2017, 2018)

2018 (Senior)

  • Earned Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference honors
  • Named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team
  • Earned CRCA Scholar Athlete Award
  • Rowed in the bow seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that placed 21st in its heat at the NCAA Championship (5/25 and 5/26)
  • Rowed in the bow seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that won its flight at the Atlantic 10 Championship, leading the Rams to their sixth conference title (5/5)
  • Rowed in the bow seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that beat Boston College to win the Resolute Cup. The Rams also beat Bates and fell to Dartmouth (4/21)
  • Rowed in the bow seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that won the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia (4/14)
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that won its flight on Day One and finished second on Day Two at the George Washington Invitational (4/6 and 4/7)
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Varsity 8+ boat at the Doc Hosea Invitational (3/31)
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that placed second in the grand final of the Cooper Sprints (3/25)

2017 (Junior)

  • Earned Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference honors
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that placed second in its heat at the Atlantic 10 Championship (5/6)
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that defeated MIT and Holy Cross (4/22)
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that beat Boston College and Boston University to help the Rams win their 11th consecutive Resolute Cup (4/15)
  • Rowed in the fourth seat for the Varsity 8+ boat at the George Washington Invitational (4/8)
  • Rowed in the fourth seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that placed 6th out of 10 teams at the Doc Hosea Invitational (4/2)
  • Rowed in the fourth seat for the Varsity 8+ boat that beat MIT and Coast Guard in Boston, Mass. (3/25)

2016 (Sophomore)

  • Rowed in the second seat for the Second Varsity 8+ boat that placed second in its flight at the Atlantic 10 Championship, helping the Rams win their fourth A-10 title and earn the program's second trip to the NCAA Championship (5/8)
  • Rowed in the second seat for the Second Varsity 8+ boat that beat MIT and Holy Cross on Lake Quinsigamond (4/24)
  • Rowed in the second seat for the Second Varsity 8+ boat that beat Boston University and lost to Boston College (4/16)
  • Rowed in the second seat for the Second Varsity 8+ boat that went 4-0 at the George Washington Invitational, where the Rams placed second overall in the six-team standings (4/8 and 4/9)
  • Rowed in the second seat for the Second Varsity 8+ boat on both days of the Doc Hosea Invitational Regatta (4/2 and 4/3)
  • Rowed in the bow seat for the Second Varsity 8+ in its win at Massachusetts (3/26)

2015 (Freshman)

  • Rowed in the second seat for the Varsity 4 boat that won its flight at the Atlantic 10 Championship (5/2)
  • Rowed in the third seat for the Second Varsity 8 boat that beat Boston College and lost to Boston University (4/25)
  • Rowed in the bow seat for the Second Varsity 8 boat at the Lake Natoma Invitational (4/11 and 4/12)
  • Rowed in the the third seat for the Second Varsity 8 boat that swept Boston University and Buffalo (4/3) and fell to Penn and Cornell (4/4) at the Nordic 9 in Ithaca, N.Y

Before URI

  • Attended Bedford High School, where she rowed, played basketball and competed in track & field
  • Was named the MVP of the Bedford women's rowing team in 2014
  • Earned her school's Athletics Sportsmanship Award in 2012
  • Holds the Bedford Crew Club record on the erg for both the 2K and 5K distances

Personal

  • Born June 21, 1996
  • Daughter of Kristin Ellis (father), Karen Gillis (mother), Andrew Gillis (stepfather) and Bernadette Hanley (stepmother)
  • Has two brothers, Aidan and Owen, and two sisters, Fiona and Bailey
  • Her father, Kristen, rowed for two years at Dartmouth
  • Enjoys breakfast food, being outside and helping others
  • Favorite team is the Boston Red Sox
  • Majoring in Public Relations