AURORA | Another year, another outstanding performance in the classroom by members of the Smoky Hill girls swim team in 2020-21, even with the coronavirus pandemic.
In the final season under coach Scott Cohen — who stepped down as girls coach after the season — the Buffaloes earned yet another academic team honor from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, which issued its national list of accolades Friday.
Smoky Hill girls swimmers accumulated a 3.882 Grade Point Average, good enough for the 30th-best in the entire country and worthy of a Gold Scholar Award, which has become a norm for the program. Another Aurora program, Grandview, also maintained its excellence in the classroom as coach Karen Ammon’s Wolves netted a Silver Scholar award with a 3.718 team GPA.
Boosting the Buffaloes’ GPA were three seniors that helped the program to a 17th-place finish at the Class 5A state meet and also earned NISCA Academic All-American honors in Kristina Domashevich, Piper Neely and Jadyn Phillips.
Phillips — who signed with University of the Pacific — was one of only two Smoky Hill individual state qualifiers and she capitalized with a 14th-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle and a 16th-place results in the 200 freestyle. She also appeared on the 400 freestyle relay team (which finished 13th) and the 200 freestyle relay (which captured 15th) that also included Domashevich.
Meredith Dawes gave Grandview representation as well on the Academic All-American list, which included a total of 30 girls from seven Colorado programs.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
2020-21 NISCA GIRLS SWIMMING TEAM SCHOLAR AWARDS
Gold: SMOKY HILL, 3.882 GPA
Silver: GRANDVIEW, 3.718 GPA
2020-21 NISCA GIRLS ACADEMIC SWIMMING/DIVING ALL-AMERICANS
Melina Andretich, Legacy (diving); Annika Bachman, Fairview; Acadia Biener, Fairview; MEREDITH DAWES, GRANDVIEW; Jamie Dellwardt, Berthoud; KRISTINA DOMASHEVICH, SMOKY HILL; Georgia Ewer, Fossil Ridge; Macy Fitzgerald, Berthoud; Adelaide Giles, Berthoud; Bridget Glaspey, Legacy; Joelle Haensly, Fairview; Alison Jackson, Legacy; Reilly Jones, Fairview (diving); Kysa Keck, Berthoud; Kirsten Lee, Fairview; Jessica Liversedge, Legacy; Mackenzie Long, Mountain Vista; Skyler Naclerio, Mountain Vista; PIPER NEELY, SMOKY HILL; Rylee O’Neill, Fossil Ridge; Julie Petrino, Fossil Ridge; JADYN PHILLIPS, SMOKY HILL; Jenna Reznicek, Fairview; Emily Rinker, Fossil Ridge; Kori Rustad, Mountain Vista; Helen Sun, Fairview; Audrey Thompson, Prospect Ridge Academy; Leah Walrath, Fossil Ridge; Aspen Warnygora, Fossil Ridge; Avery Wong, Mountain Vista