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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Swimmers take aim at state qualifying times

In a little more than a month (Nov. 7-8) the state swimming and diving meet will be held at the Skyline Aquatic complex in east Mesa.
And Xavier Prep will figure to be well represented after a strong showing at the Chandler Wolves Classic on Saturday (Sept. 20) at Chandler High.
Many of the Gator swimmers earned automatic state spots while others came through with state consideration times.
XCP’s top individual finisher was junior Elise Roediger, who finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.42 seconds. She also had a state consideration time of 2:12.61 in the 200-yard individual medley.
“The girls did amazing!’’ said Xavier first-year coach Kelley Conrad.
Here is a list of individual and relay finishers from XCP with an automatic state qualifying time or one that merits state consideration . . .

200 medley relay -- (Elise Roediger, Jocelyn Jones, Kaitlyn McCoy, Allie Worrall), automatic.
200 freestlye relay – (Allie Worrall, Elise Roediger, Alice Hick, Lilly Creswick), automatic.
400 freestyle relay – (Lisbet Maldonado, Kaitlyn McCoy, Alice Hick, Lilly Creswick), consideration.

Senior Maddie Allen – 500 freestyle, automatic; 200 freestyle, consideration.
Sophomore Quinn Blake – 100 backstroke, consideration.
Senior Payton Burnett – 100 backstroke, consideration.
Freshman Thea Cartier – 50 free, consideration.
Junior Lilly Creswick – 200 freestyle, consideration; 500 freestyle, consideration.
Junior Alice Hick – 200 freestyle, automatic.
Sophomore Jocelyn Jones – 200 individual medley, consideration; 100 breaststroke, consideration.
Junior Jennifer Keenan – 50 freestyle, consideration; 100 freestyle, consideration.
Junior Lisbet Maldonado – 100 freestyle, consideration.
Freshman Kaitlyn McCoy – 200 individual medley, consideration; 100 butterfly, consideration.
Junior Maddie Rapp – 100 butterfly, consideration.
Junior Elise Roediger – 200 individual medley, consideration; 100 butterfly, automatic.
Freshman Mary Roediger – 100 breaststroke, consideration.
Senior Andi Rolander, 100 butterfly, consideration.
Junior Jackie Winston, 50 freestyle, consideration.
Junior Allie Worrall, 50 freestyle, consideration; 100 free, consideration.

The Gators get back in the water on Tuesday (Sept. 23) with a meet hosted by Phoenix Arcadia at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale.

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