AURORA | Ty Coen’s senior year at Regis Jesuit couldn’t have gone much better.
He returned from a broken hand in time to help the Raiders win the Class 5A boys state swimming championship — turning in four National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American performances in the process — before he heads off to the University of Arizona.
The capping achievement to Coen’s season came last week when NISCA/Speedo put out its list of Academic All-Americans that included him and six others from Aurora programs. Smoky Hill’s Timothy Domashevich, Nicholas Price, Michael Sau, Jackson Vann and Benjamin Zahalka and Grandview’s Ryan Hostetter also earned the distinction.
Coen earned All-American honors with Regis Jesuit’s championship-winning 200 yard medley and 400 yard freestyle relays, as well as individually in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
Domashevich also made the NISCA diving All-American list that was released earlier, while none of Smoky Hill’s other Academic All-Americans swam in the 5A state meet.
The Buffaloes’ handful of Academic All-Americans — a number that matched their contingent on the girls side as well — contributed to a sparkling team GPA of 3.840, which was also earned national recognition.
Coach Scott Cohen’s Smoky Hill team finished with the eighth-highest GPA in the entire country and landed a Gold Scholar Team Award from NISCA/Swimoutlet.com.
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2017-18 NISCA/SWIMOUTLET.COM TEAM SCHOLAR AWARDS
GOLD (GPA 3.75 or above): Smoky Hill, 3.840
2018 COLORADO NISCA/SPEEDO BOYS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
William Bradford, Fossil Ridge; Alexander Chappell, Fossil Ridge; TY COEN, REGIS JESUIT; Richard Dauksher, Fossil Ridge; Leonard Den, Valor Christian; TIMOTHY DOMASHEVICH, SMOKY HILL; Levi Gooden, Valor Christian; Collin Hayes, Arapahoe; Alexander Henderson, Fossil Ridge; RYAN HOSTETTER, GRANDVIEW; Caleb Ives, Arapahoe; William Kovac, Fossil Ridge; Arnold Pfahnl, Fossil Ridge; NICHOLAS PRICE, SMOKY HILL; Merrill Redfearn, Arapahoe; MICHAEL SAU, SMOKY HILL; Joshua Thornton, Fossil Ridge; JACKSON VANN, SMOKY HILL; Lars Worlund, Fossil Ridge; BENJAMIN ZAHALKA, SMOKY HILL