Kaitlyn McCoy and Mia Rankin were named All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA).
McCoy, who graduated earlier this year, was chosen for her finish of 55.05 seconds that earned her a first-place medal in the 100-yard backstroke. She won that event and the 200-yard individual medley at state fdor the second straight year. McCoy also swam legs in the triumphant 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.
Rankin capped a strong freshman year with an All-American posting of 4:55.93 in the 500-yard freestyle. She nearly won the event, but was edged out by a mere .18 seconds by Chandler High’s Destiny Kling.
Xavier won the title, 321-263 over Chandler, completing an emotional season in which Rankin’s mother, Mo, the Gators’ head coach, passed away on Sept. 25 after a valiant battle against cancer.
Rankin’s father, Mark, joined Jenny James as a co-head coach and led the team the rest of the season. Those two are due to return when the athletes assemble for tryouts Aug. 7-9 and the first official practice of the season on Aug. 10 at the Brophy Prep pool.