Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Swimmers, divers have strong effort but fall just short

Xavier Prep’s swimming and diving team gave it a good run in its season opener against defending state champion Scottsdale Chaparral on Thursday (Sept. 5), but came up just a bit short, 104-82.

The Gators had some strong swims at Scottsdale’s Cactus Park Pool to keep it close.

The 200-yard medley relay team emerged victorious, with sophomore Gracie Munk, junior Pao Guerra, senior Olivia Paliscak and junior Kelly Scott.

Scott also had a big day in a few individual events, winning the 50-yard freestyle and finishing second behind senior teammate Vica Dow in the 100-yard freestyle. And Munk touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly.

In 1-meter diving, senior Maddy Sewell finished second. A couple of freshmen also showed promise. Libby Surgent finished fifth and Claira Chong finished eighth.

Xavier will have a busy week coming up.

The Gators will compete in the annual Wolves Classic at Chandler High Pool. The divers will hit the water on Tuesday (Sept. 10), and the swimmers will take the plunge on Sept. 14. In between, XCP will have a dual meet on Sept. 12 against Phoenix Pinnacle at the Brophy Prep complex.

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