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 11, 2017

Gator swim-dive wins Wolves Classic

The Xavier Prep swimming and diving season just keeps getting better.

The Gators came up with another powerful early season finish on Saturday (Sept. 9) with a victory in the Wolves Classic at Chandler High School. Approximately two dozen schools competed from around the state.

Xavier scored a 264-254 victory over Chandler. The point total included diving which was held Tuesday (Sept. 5). Xavier junior Alyssa Largay won the event with 404.35 points. Junior Molly Cahill was eighth at 322.30, junior Talle Donley was ninth at 309.20 and sophomore Hannah Jemsek was 13th at 275.85.

The 200-yard medley relay team got the Gators off to a quick start by winning the first event on Saturday. The four girls who competed were freshman Sydney Millane, freshman Paola Guerra, sophomore Olivia Paliscak and freshman Kelly Scott.

Freshman Mia Rankin had an impressive finish in the 500-yard freestyle, moving up from second place to the front late in the race to win it.

Adding to the Xavier points total by finishing in the top eight of their events and recording state provisional times were sophomore Vica Dow in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles, Scott in the 50-yard freestyle and Guerra in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Gators will swim again on Thursday (Sept. 14) with a dual meet against Chandler Hamilton at the Brophy Prep pool. Start time is 4 p.m.


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