July 27, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field and cross country All-American Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) was selected by the BIG EAST Conference’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Coogan is joined by DePaul’s Rebeca Mitrea (tennis) to make up the pair of nominees from the league, as announced on Thursday afternoon. Coogan and Mitrea were both recently honored as two of the 22 student-athletes who earned the 2015-16 Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. The duo is among a select group of student-athletes from Division I, II and III advancing to the next stage of the selection process. The NCAA will announce the nominees from each conference later this month. The Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will cast votes among the nine finalists to determine the 2016 Woman of the Year. The finalists will be honored and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual ceremony, Oct. 16, in Indianapolis.
Coogan, an 11-time All-American on the Hilltop, had a stellar indoor track & field season that saw her anchor the NCAA champion distance medley relay (DMR) squad and turn in a third-place performance in the women’s 3,000-meter run at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held in Birmingham, Ala.
Coogan continued her impressive senior campaign during the outdoor season, where she again anchored a championship DMR team – this one at the 2016 Penn Relays Carnival. Coogan and the relay team brought home one of two titles for the Hoyas at the Penn Relays. She picked up a pair of event crowns at the 2016 BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, winning the 1,500-meter run handily and successfully defending the 4x800-meter title as she ran the third leg of the relay. She became just the second Hoya in program history to win back-to-back conference 1,500-meter crowns.
An NCAA finalist, she finished 20th in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, to pick up the 11th All-America distinction of her career.
Most recently, Coogan was named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-America Track & Field / Cross Country Second Team, the second-consecutive year Coogan has earned Academic All-America honors as she was a third team selection in 2015.