The publicity staff in the Iowa State Athletics Department must feel like Lisa Koll is the gift that just keeps giving.Every time you turn around, she seems to be named as a winner or a finalist for a major award. This time it’s the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year. The four-time NCAA champion and three-sport All-American was recently named as a finalist for this award, which will be presented on Oct. 17th in Indianapolis. The Woman of the Year award honors female student-athletes for excellence in athletics, academics, leadership and community service. It’s really hard to imagine that Koll isn’t the leading contender. On the list of finalists, she was, appropriately, listed first. This is the 20th year that the NCAA is presenting the award. The other finalists are Brittany Rogers (Alabama softball), Justine Schluntz (Arizona swimming & diving), Lyndsey McBride (Indianapolis golf), Mary Slinger (Concordia volleyball), Natalja Stanski (Grand Valley State soccer), Hannah Baker (Wartburg track & field), Melissa Mackley (Gustavus Adolphus ice hockey) and Ruth Westby (Emory swimming & diving). Athletically, Koll won three national championships in 2010 and was her sports National Athlete of the Year. Academically, she graduated summa cum laude (biology) a year early and spent 2010 studying in grad school.
Community service-wise, she was a regular participant in outreach speaking engagements with area youth.
It’s certainly predictable that this young woman would be a finalist for such an award. It’s also fitting that she be named the winner in 11 days.
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Leadership-wise, she served as team captain for squads which finished 17th (cross country), 10th (indoor track) and 8th (outdoor track) last year.