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 14, 2018

Swim-dive wins again, set for Chandler meet

A day after a big win over Mountain View, Xavier swimmers were back at it with a Friday morning practice at Brophy. (Photo courtesy of XCP swimming).
Xavier Prep’s swimmers and divers appear to be on the way to another strong season.

The Gators, who won last year’s Division I state title, scored an impressive 116 ½-69 ½ victory over host Mesa Mountain View on Thursday (Sept. 13) at the Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa.

Xavier won all three relay events as well as the following individual races:

Freshman Gracie Munk (100-yard butterfly, 100 backstroke), sophomore Mia Rankin (500 freestyle), sophomore Pao Guerra (50 freestyle) and junior Vica Dow (100 freestyle).

The XCP divers also had a strong showing.

Senior Alyssa Largay won the event, while freshman Sam Klein finished third.

Xavier has a quick turnaround, competing in the annual Wolves Classic at Chandler High on Saturday (Sept. 15). First race begins at 8:30 a.m.

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