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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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Swimmers add to confidence level with big victory



In its last tune-up before next weekend’s Division I state meet, Xavier Prep’s swimming team scored a big victory in the AMDG Swim Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 31) at Brophy Prep Pool by winning all three relay events and three individual races.
Xavier won the team title with 617 points, far ahead of second-place Phoenix Desert Vista, which totaled 345.
The Gators finished 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay and first in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Individual winners were senior Alice Hick in the 200-yard freestyle, senior Elise Roediger in the 50-yard freestyle and Roediger in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Division I state meet will be held Friday (Nov. 6, prelims) and Saturday (Nov. 7 finals) at the Skyline Aquatic Center in east Mesa. Diving finals are Saturday. All events begin both days at 2:30 p.m.

AMDG Swim Invitational
at Brophy Prep Pool
Team scores – Xavier Prep 617, Phoenix Desert Vista 345, Scottsdale Desert Mountain 258, Gilbert 198, Phoenix Pinnacle 163, Phoenix Shadow Mountain 156, Scottsdale Chaparral 152, Phoenix Mountain Pointe 121, Phoenix Central 22.
Xavier Prep results
200-yard medley relay – 1, Xavier, 1:51.72 (Kaitlyn McCoy, Jocelyn Jones, Jaqueline Winston, Allie Worrall). 2, Xavier, 1:58.17 (Kate Hubbard, Mary Roediger, Helena Valenzuela, Quinn Blake).
200-yard freestyle – 1, Alice Hick, 1:58.73; 3, Madeline Rapp, 2:00.78; 7, Maggie Hull, 2:11.33; 9, Mackenzie Christensen, 2:15.54; 17, Maddie Campbell, 2:29.89.
200-yard individual medley – 2, Jocelyn Jones, 2:19.79; 3, Jennifer Keenan, 2:20.84; 8, Quinn Blake, 2:24.11; 12, Megan Brown, 2:40.67; 13, Nina LaFave, 2:45.70.
50-yard freestyle – 1, Elise Roediger, 24.40; 7, Mary Roediger, 25.73; 11, Jaqueline Winston, 26.08; 12, Hailey Schramm, 26.10; 12, Izzy Gomez, 26.10.
100-yard butterfly – 1, Elise Roediger, 56.32; 2, Madeline Rapp, 59.50; 3, Allie Worrall, 1:00.43; 5, Lisbet Maldonado, 1:02.36; 7, Jaqueline Winston, 1:04.02.
100-yard freestyle – 3, Lisbet Maldonado, 55.75; 4, Alice Hick, 55.89; 6, Izzy Gomez, 56.34; 9, Clare Carlson, 57.35; 12, Hailey Schramm, 58.91.
500-yard freestyle – 5, Maggie Hull, 5:50.17; 6, Helena Valenzuela, 5:52.69; 10, Ashley Scrivner, 6:23.92.
200-yard freestyle relay – 1, Xavier, 1:41.55 (Quinn Blake, Jocelyn Jones, Mary Roediger, Allie Worrall).
100-yard backstroke – 3, Kate Hubbard, 1:03.08; 6, Quinn Blake, 1:04.29; 7, Jennifer Keenan, 1:04.71; 9, Nicole Johnson, 1:08.30; 15, Megan Brown, 1:16.47.
100-yard breaststroke – 3, Taylor Guthrie, 1:15.59; 4, Kyle Gunzy, 1:16.06; 8, Bella Valenzuela, 1:20.59; 10, Nina LaFave, 1:24.00.
400-yard freestyle relay – 1, Xavier, 3:44.04 (Alice Hick, Madeline Rapp, Kaitlyn McCoy, Jocelyn Jones). 2, Xavier, 3:51.93 (Lisbet Maldonado, Izzy Gomez, Jennifer Keenan, Taylor Guthrie).




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