THORNTON | Smoky Hill’s long tradition of producing outstanding swimmers, scholars and citizens continues to be recognized, as Alex Kohlman received the prestigious Hoyt Brawner Award at Saturday’s Dick Rush Coaches Invitational.
The Hoyt Brawner Award, which is given out during the boys and girls seasons, annually goes to the top senior who is selected based on his or her merits in the pool, in the classroom and in the community.
For quite awhile, veteran Smoky Hill coach Scott Cohen has seen his swimmers consistently receive the honor, which Kohlman did this season from a small group of finalists that also included Regis Jesuit’s Nick Birney.
An Emory University signee, Kohlman has a rigorous academic schedule and said he makes sure to strike a balance between his schoolwork and his athletics. In the pool, he is a multiple-time Class 5A state swim meet qualifier and finished fourth in the 200 yard freestyle and fifth in the 100 free at the Coaches Invite.
In addition, Kohlman spends time in his community coaching young swimmers.
Grandview’s Morgan Ammon was co-winner of the girls Hoyt Brawner award along with Arapahoe’s Ella Moynihan, with Smoky Hill’s Julia Song also a finalist.
While Kohlman received the award, Cohen was in North Carolina, watching another former Smoky Hill Hoyt Brawner winner — 2011 recipient Caroline Piehl — win an NCAA national championship with the Cal Bears.
According to Cohen’s list, Kohlman becomes the fourth Smoky Hill boys swimmer to receive the Hoyt Brawner Award all-time and 10th overall.
He joins male swimmers Mike Koss (1998, Notre Dame), Shelby Clark (2000, Northwestern) and Kevin Ellis (2005, Dartmouth), along with female swimmers Piehl (2011, California), Alaina Hollis (2000, Clemson), Jenny Coray (2001, Southern Illinois), Jessica Johnson (2005, Colgate), Annie Perizzolo (2007, Claremont McKenna) and Lizzie Wiley (2014, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).
Last season’s boys Hoyt Brawner Award also went to an Aurora swimmer in Regis Jesuit grad Hennessey Stuart, who is now at North Carolina State.
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