Julie Kole – Honor Athlete

Not too many International level athletes begin a storied career in international swimming at age 8, but Julie Kole did just that swimming for the Harford All-Stars against the St. Croix Dolphins in the Virgin Islands in 1981. She set three pool records that day. As a ten year old swimming for KCO, she swept 8 of 11 events at the NBAC Christmas meet. By age 13, Julie was turning heads in the United States winning three medals in three days at the US Olympic festival in 1986. Julie won the 400 & 800 Freestyle races and silvered in the 800 Free Relay becoming the youngest Olympic Festival medalist in history. She won the first of her six national titles at Spring Nationals in 1989, winning the 1650 Free earning her a trip to Moscow with the US National Team. A six time prep school champion for Germantown Academy, Julie three times won that school’s Scholar Athlete Award. In 1989, she held four World Rankings, the highest being 2nd in the 1500 M Free. She finished with two Bronze medals in the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo, Japan. A 1995 graduate of Stanford University, Julie was a perennial qualifier and finalist at NCAA championships garnering multiple All-American honors. Julie added top honors in 200 Butterfly to her impressive Freestyle performances, winning 200 Fly and 400 Free in 1991 Summer Nationals; finishing 4th in 200 Fly at NCAA’s in 1993. For her performances from an age-group and prep school to collegiate and International level competitor, Julie Kole is inducted into the Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame.