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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Swimmers, divers maintain momentum

Xavier Prep’s swimming team won the AMDG Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 29) at the Brophy Pool, and coach Maureen Rankin said her swimmers were able to secure more provisional qualifying times for the Nov. 5 Division I state meet at the Skyline Complex in east Mesa.
Rankin said 13 XCP swimmers will be entered at the state meet, and that the top 32 placement will be known sometime on Monday (Oct. 31).
The coach expects a strong effort from the Gators’ relay teams and a big effort from the divers, who fared very well in the state qualifying event on Friday (Oct. 28).
“It should be an exciting weekend,’’ Rankin said.
Xavier’s four divers are looking for a good showing at state.
Sophomore Alyssa Largay finished third with 386.30 points. Freshman Maddie Sewell was seventh at 361.55, sophomore Molly Cahill was 17th at 305.85 and sophomore Talle Donley was 25th at 280.60.
“These ladies toughed it out and I am proud to call myself their coach,’’ said Frank Pipitone, who coaches the Gators and neighboring Brophy.

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