DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Swimmers fall; badminton, frosh tennis win

Xavier’s swim and dive team battled Phoenix Desert Vista (Ahwatukee) on Thursday (Sept. 18) and defending Division I state champion Desert Vista took the win over state runner-up Xavier 101 ½ -82 ½.
The Gators will swim again on Saturday (Sept. 20) at the Chandler Wolves Classic at Chandler High.
Thursday’s results . . .
200-yard medley relay – Desert Vista B, 1:51.50; Desert Vista A, 1:52.68; Xavier A, 1:52.88.
200-yard freestyle – Annabella Ankeney, DV, 1:55.65; Cecelia Kowalski, DV, 1:56.37; Alice Hick, X, 1:57.35.
200-yard individual medley – Shae Nicolaisen, DV, 2:09.37; Kaitlyn McCoy, X, 2:14.76; Madeline Allen, X, 2:18.48.
50-yard freestyle – Aimee Hatfield, X, 24.28; Noelle Lavigne, DV, 25.28; Allie Worrall, X, 25.32; Alisha VanderWerf, DV, 25.32.
100-yard butterfly – Shae Nicolaisen, DV, 58.63; Elise Roediger, X, 59.88; Sydney Garvy, DV, 1:00.99.
100-yard freestyle – Aimee Hatfield, X, 54.16; Allie Worrall, X, 54.46; Lauren Gaines, DV, 54.69.
500-yard freestyle – Annabella Ankeney, DV, 5:10.33; Cecelia Kowalski, DV, 5:13.89; Madeline Allen, X, 5:18.48.
200-yard freestyle relay – Xavier A, 1:39.35; Desert Vista A, 1:39.80; Desert Vista B, 1:43.82.
100-yard backstroke – Erin Spielman, DV, 1:02.10; Sydney Garvy, DV, 1:02.26; Lauren Gaines, DV, 1:03.54.
400-yard freestyle relay – Xavier A, 3:41.34; Desert Vista B, 3:44.48; Xavier B, 3:48.03.
1-meter diving – Serena Sedillo, X, 216.25; Libby Decker, X, 193.60; Jessica Kuretich, X, 161.30

The XCP freshman tennis team was victorious over visiting Chandler Basha 9-0 in a match on Thursday (Sept. 18).
The results . . .
No. 1 singles – Caroline Armknecht (X) def. Elly Klages (B) 8-1.
No. 2 singles – Madelyn Corley (X) def. Jordan Witter (B) 8-0.
No. 3 singles – Audrey Polk (X) def. Katherine Lucas (B) 8-0.
No. 4 singles – Mimi Zurbriggen (X) def. Aubrey Rounds (B) 8-3.
No. 5 singles – Isabella Gordan (X) def. Gabrielle Bearsinn (B) 8-3.
No. 6 singles – Xavier won by default.

No. 1 doubles – Armknecht-Corley (X) def. Klages-Witter (B) 8-3.
No. 2 doubles – Lucy Vietor-Bisola Ojeniyi (X) def. Lucas-Rounds (B) 8-0.
No. 3 doubles – Xavier won by default.
On Tuesday (Sept. 23), the Gators will play the first of four consecutive road matches, this one at Tempe Corona del Sol.

The XCP badminton teams had a strong effort at Mesa Westwood.
The varsity won 7-2 and the junior varsity took a 9-0 victory.
Next up for badminton is a match on Monday (Sept. 22) at Corona del Sol.

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