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.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Survival of fittest for XCP crew members

Xavier Prep’s five-time defending club crew (rowing) team will open its season on Saturday (Oct. 7) in the Hot Heads Regatta at Tempe Town Lake.

There will be several categories of racing, the first race beginning at approximately 8 a.m.

Fall races are 5,000 meters in length, meaning the boats must go the full length of the lake. Spring races are 2,000 meters.

The longer races are more of a test of the rowers’ strength and endurance and they are very winded and fatigued by the end. It is survival of the fittest.

Other races for this school year are Nov. 11 (Mission Bay/San Diego), Dec. 2 (Long Beach, Calif.), March 2 (Tempe Town Lake), April 8 (Long Beach) and May 5 (Gold River, Calif.).

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