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 13, 2019

XCP swimmers, divers are dominant in the water

Xavier Prep’s swimming and diving team had a dominating performance on Thurday (Sept. 12) against Phoenix Pinnacle, winning 141-46 at the Brophy Prep Aquatic Complex.

Vica Dow, Paola Guerra, Haley Hubbard and Gracie Munk raced to a big victory in the 200-yard medley relay. Mia Rankin and Kelly Scott went 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle. Jordan Herrera and Hope Nolan went 1-2 in the 200-yard individual medley.

Guerra and Olivia Paliscak went 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle. Munk and Hubbard went 1-2 in the 100-yard butterfly. Scott and Nolan were 1-2 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Paliscak, Guerra, Nolan and Scott won the 200-yard freestyle relay. Munk and Dow went 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke. Guerra, Rankin and Emma Sharp made it a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.

And Xavier finished off the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Xavier will swim in the annual Wolves Classic on Saturday (Sept. 14) at Chandler High.
Thursday was a great day for Xavier swimming and diving, with a big win over Pinnacle. A group of Gator swimmers was all smiles in between events, top photo. Divers are ready to take the plungs, middle, and coaches Mark Rankin and Jenny James take a break with some of the girls, bottom. (Photos by Sr. Lynn Winsor).





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