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 11, 2015

Close win over Pinnacle good sign for swim-dive

Xavier Prep’s swimmers and divers faced a formidable test in Phoenix Pinnacle on Thursday (Sept. 10).
The meet was neck and neck all the way to the end before the Gators emerged with a 92-91 victory, their second win of the season.
Getting a win over such a quality team probably means more than a one-sided triumph.
“It means a lot. We are getting stronger. I am proud of the girls,’’ said second-year coach Kelley Conrad.
Xavier victories were by Elise Roediger in the 50-yard freestyle, Alice Hick in the 100-yard freestyle, Kaitlyn McCoy in the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle relay (a 1-2-3 sweep), and diving (a 1-2-3 sweep by Alyssa Largay, Libby Decker and Molly Cahill).
“We had a lot of success with the back half of our races,’’ Conrad said. “We out-touched the person in the lane next to us (at the wall).’’
Conrad walked up and down the side of the pool, gesturing and yelling encouragement to her swimmers.
“I care a lot about the girls. I can’t hold back (her enthusiasm),’’ Conrad said. “All of the girls did well. We have a strong team in and out of the pool.’’

Xavier results:
200-yard medley relay – Second and third.
200-yard freestyle – Alice Hick third.
200-yard individual medley – Kaitlyn McCoy second, Jennifer Keenan third.
50-yard freestyle – Elise Roediger first, Jocelyn Jones second.
100-yard butterfly – Elise Roediger third.
100-yard freestyle – Alice Hick first, Izzy Gomez third.
500-yard freestyle – Kaitlyn McCoy first.
200-yard freestyle relay – First, second and third.
100-yard breaststroke – Jocelyn Jones second, Kyle Gunzy third.
400-yard freestyle relay – Second.
Diving – Alyssa Largay first, Libby Decker second and Molly Cahill third.

Xavier’s next meet is Tuesday (Sept. 15) against Phoenix Arcadia at El Dorado Park in Scottsdale.

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