Kohl Hurdle is said to have ice water in his veins. No, not literally, or he'd never finish a race without getting stuck in the pool.
Metaphor aside, the unshakable Hurdle was a steady force for the Warwick swimming team this season. Nowhere was this more evident than in last month's Eastern Region meet.
Hurdle defended his title in the 200 individual medley, where he set a meet record the season before, and added a victory in the 100 backstroke. At the Group AAA state meet, he was fifth in the IM and seventh in the backstroke.
"He's never too emotional," Raiders coach John Presgraves said. "He's as cold as a robot. He gets in the water and takes care of business. You're just not going to get to him."
Like most of his top-flight contemporaries, Hurdle swims year-round. When he's not in the pool for Warwick, he's swimming for the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins.
"He never really had to try at most of his high school meets," Presgraves said. "He didn't have to."
Hurdle hasn't picked a college yet; Presgraves said he has three or four schools on his list, and that he'll assuredly go Division I.
But don't let all the talk about being stone-cold and machine-like fool you about his non-race demeanor, Presgraves said.
" Kohl's a great guy," he said. "He's always cheering for the other guy. He's a perfect sport, a good guy and a good kid."
— Brian J. French
BOYS SWIMMING ALL-STARSFIRST TEAM200 medley relay: Lafayette (Ben Colley, Jason Haigh, Nick Mercer, Peyton Young)200 free: Garret Lynn, Soph., Kecoughtan200 IM: Daniel Loftus, Sr., Menchville50 free: Bryce Hartman, Soph., Grafton100 fly: Ben Colley, Soph., Lafayette100 free: Bryce Hartman, Soph., Grafton500 free: Christian Shaner, Soph., Jamestown200 free relay: Lafayette (Jason Haigh, Peyton Young, Nick Mercer, Ben Colley)100 back: Ben Colley, Soph., Lafayette100 breast: Jason Haigh, Sr., Lafayette400 free relay: Warwick (Christopher Jones, Timothy Cloonan, Andrew Gurley, Kohl Hurdle)Diving: Evan Walter, Sr., JamestownSECOND TEAM200 medley relay: Kecoughtan (Cody Stickle, Riley Sayers, Garret Lynn, Phillip Stickle)200 free: Ryan Carter, Soph., Grafton200 IM: Logan Bissell, Jr., York50 free: Edward Hubert, Jr., Menchville100 fly: Garret Lynn, Soph., Kecoughtan100 free: Jeffrey Pritchard, Soph., Tabb500 free: Logan Bissell, Jr., York200 free relay: Menchville (Edward Hubert, Tyler Henderson, Brandon Gregg, Daniel Loftus)100 back: Daniel Loftus, Sr., Menchville100 breast: Alex Masters, Jr., Hampton Roads Academy400 free relay: Jamestown (Kyle Evans, Joey Hewitt, Taytem Riley, Christopher Shaner)Diving: Stephen Protzman, Sr., MenchvilleCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun