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 2, 2016

XCP swimmers, divers shine -- badminton, too

The Maureen “Mo’’ Rankin era as Xavier Prep’s new swimming and diving coach began with a flourish on Thursday (Sept. 1) as the Gators their 2016 season with a 142-44 victory over Anthem Boulder Creek at the Brophy Prep Pool.

Among the Xavier highlights:
200 Medley Relay: 1-2-3 sweep by XCP’s three teams.
200 Free: Katie McCoy first, Carlie Hermann second.
200 IM: Vica Dow first.
50 Free: Mary Roediger first, Thea Cartier second.
100 Fly: Olivia Paliscak first, Haley Hubbard second.
100 Free:  Jocelyn Jones first, Izzy Gomez and Clare Carlson, tied for second.
500 Free: Katie McCoy first, Carlie Hermann second, Maddie Wright third.
200 Free Relay: Xavier A and B teams, first and second, respectively.
100 Back: Vica Dow first, Quinn Blake second, Nicole Johnson third.
100 Breast: Mary Roediger first.
400 Free Relay: Xavier A and B teams, first and second, respectively.
Diving: Madeline Sewell, X, 221.75; Stephanie Casaus, BC, 191.45; Molly Cahill, X, 181.50; Lindsey Hoover, BC, 166.85; Talle Donley, X, 166.00; Braelie Headley, BC, 156.60.
Xavier’s next meet is Sept. 15 at Chandler Hamilton.

Olympic diver visits
Local diver Sam Dorman, who recently earned an Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro with Michael Hixon in the synchronized springboard diving event, visited with Xavier and Brophy divers on Tuesday (Aug. 30), his 25th birthday.
Dorman, a graduate of Tempe Marcos de Niza, spoke to the athletes for about an hour, then allowed them to place the medal around their neck and pose for a photo with him. One of those was Xavier sophomore Alyssa Largay (below).
“It was a very selfless act of kindness from a very classy athlete,’’ said Frank Pipitone, the diving coach for XCP and BCP. “It was a great experience for our students.’’

Xavier sophomore diver Alyssa Largay, left,  tries on the Olympic silver medal earned by Sam Dorman.

With three home matches under their belts, the Gators ventured out on the road for the first time this season and defeated Mesa Mountain View 9-0 on Thursday. The junior varsity also won 8-1.
XCP’s next match is at home against Phoenix Desert Vista on Tuesday (Sept. 6), a rematch of last year’s Division I state title match won by the Gators.

Varsity singles
Emily Woodrow, X, def. Amber Beeney, MV, 11-0, 5-11, 11-7.
Tatum Clarke, X, def. Ashley Church, MV, 11-2, 11-0.
Annie Kamps, X, def. Brooklyn Heywood, MV, 7-11, 11-3, 13-11.
Kiana Valentove-Macdonald, X, def. Brynn Shults, MV, 11-9, 11-2.
Maddie Reinhart, X, def. Brenna Condon, MV, 11-8, 11-5.
Misaal Irfan, X, def. Darian Schmid, MV, 11-4, 11-1.
Varsity doubles
Woodrow-Valentove-Macdonald, X, def. Beeney-Church, MV, 15-7, 4-15, 15-9.
Clarke-Kamps, X, def. Heywood-Shults, MV, 15-4, 15-2.
Reinhart-Irfan, X, def. Condon-Schmid, MV, 15-6, 15-7.

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