1997 - Roosevelt College - History


A four-year letter winner on the Triton Women's Volleyball team, Madelyn Ripken was team captain as a junior and senior and won second team All-American honors in 1996. A leader at the department level as well, Ripken was a three-year member of Triton Athletes' Council and was the winner of the Husar Family-TAA Award in 1996-97 for her campus and community service. RECORD OF TEAMS...NCAA...ALL-TIME LIST and STATS.

After graduation, she spent two years at Dartmouth College where she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the women's volleyball squad. Ripken then moved into the business world, spending one year with Victoria's Secret at the company's Columbus, OH headquarters and then two years in visual merchandising at Gap headquarters in San Francisco.

She then returned to her hometown of Lodi, CA where she is currently the winemaker for the family business--Ripken Videyards and Winery. One of 70 wineries in the Lodi area (south of Sacramento), Riken features estate bottled wines, handcrafted from lesser know and more exotic Rhone and Spanish varietals, including Petite Sirah, Graciano, Viognier, Marsanne and Tempranillo. Currently, the tasting room has over 20 wines on the release list with most lots under 100 cases. The Ripken motto is "No Boring Wines!" and its wines have won numerous awards. The winery has an active wine club and a VARIETY of unique marketing events.

On the personal side, Ripken was married in May of 2006 to Benjamin Kolber and the couple has a son, Simon, who will be one in October. Still an athlete, Ripken now trains for distance swims, having recently competed in the La Jolla Rough Water and the Tiburon One Mile.