The azcentral.com news outlet has announced its Coaches of the Year and eight Swimmer of the Year nominees, and Xavier figures prominently in both.
After the death of head coach Mo Rankin in late September, assistant Jenny James and Rankin’s husband, Mark, took over the Gators and pushed them all the way through the state meet, where they compiled an impressive 321 points for the school’s 28th swim and dive state crown.
Xavier’s Swimmer of the Year nominee is senior Kaitlyn McCoy, who won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke for the second straight year. She also swam the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay and was among the four Gators who finished as state runner-up in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Athletes and coaches from all sports, both girls and boys, will be honored by azcentral.com at an awards event in June.