Coole Named NCAA Woman of Year -- October 21, 1997
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Lisa Coole was named the NCAA Woman of the Year on Sunday in honor of her academic and athletic achievements and community service.
''I was so honored just to be a state winner, and then to be one of the 10 finalists, to have the NCAA say, 'You did it,' ... it just makes me feel good,'' Coole said. ''I set goals for myself. I'm a really determined person. I'm really hard on myself when I don't reach them. I didn't reach all of my goals, but I can at least say I tried my hardest.''
Coole was 1996 NCAA champion in the 100yd butterfly and a three-time medalist in the World University Games. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a 3.62 GPA in biology.
Coole and the other finalists were honored at a dinner Sunday night. The other finalists were Shelly L. Bartlett, gymnastics, Nebraska; Sara A. Bloom, rowing, Bucknell; Virginia Bolenbaugh, gymnastics, Seattle Pacific; Julie Roe-Sumner, basketball, Millikin; Ann Sieckert, volleyball, Augustana, S.D.; Natasha W. Taylor, basketball, West Texas A&M, Meredith P. Willard, gymnastics, Alabama; Stacey Williams, soccer, track, basketball, Wilmington, Ohio College; and Wendy L. Wolff, softball, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.