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Pair of local prep stars among those to be honored by Sportswomen of Colorado

Chitambar, Ashton named players of year by SWOC in respective sports

Erie High School golfer Hadley Ashton ...
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Erie High School golfer Hadley Ashton poses for a portrait at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Several Colorado Buffaloes and others from the area are being honored by the Sportswomen of Colorado.

This week, the SWOC announced its list of honorees for the 49th annual awards celebration, which will take place on March 12 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

The SWOC is honoring women, coaches and organizations for their achievements in sports in 2022.

Among the honorees is former CU women’s basketball star Mya Hollingshed and soccer star Civana Kuhlmann, along with Boulder High School’s Lily Chitambar and Erie High School’s Hadley Ashton.

Hollingshed is being honored as the local college basketball player of the year. She was first-team All-Pac-12 in the 2021-22 season after helping the Buffaloes reach the NCAA Tournament. She was then a first-round pick in the WNBA Draft.

Kuhlmann recently wrapped up her collegiate career and is being honored as the college soccer player of the year. A transfer from Stanford, Kuhlmann was first-team All-Pac-12 in her lone season at CU, finishing second in the conference with 30 points (12 goals, six assists). Earlier this month, she was selected in the fourth round of the NWSL draft.

CU graduate Micaela DeGenero was named the Division I college track and field athlete of the year. As a senior last year, DeGenero earned first-team All-American honors with a runner-up finish in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships.

Chitamber, who graduated from Boulder last spring, was named the women’s tennis player of the year. She won her second consecutive Class 5A No. 1 singles state title and was named the BoCoPreps player of the year.

Ashton, a sophomore at Erie, was named the high school girls golfer of the year. She won the Class 4A state title as a freshman last spring, helping the Tigers to the team title. She was named the BoCoPreps girls golfer of the year.

Also honored will be CU graduate Allie McLaughlin for mountain running and Boulder residents Nell Rojas (marathon) and Clare Gallagher (ultra marathon).

At the awards celebration, the SWOC will also present the Sportswoman of the Year Award. For a full list of honorees and information on the celebration, visit