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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

XCP, Chaparral ready to renew swim-dive rivalry

 The Division I state swimming and diving championship for 2020 likely will come down to a battle between Scottsdale Chaparral and Xavier Prep.

The two have combined to win the last three titles – Xavier in 2017 and Chaparral in 2018 and 2019. Chaparral also won the Division II crown in 2016 and 2017.

On Thursday (Sept. 17), they will renew that rivalry when they meet again at the Brophy Prep pool.

Chaparral has a number of Olympic-caliber swimmers (yes, you are reading that correctly). Xavier has a number of senior swimmers who have three previous years of experience, most notably distance athlete Mia Rankin, who has committed to Ohio State. Xavier also is traditionally strong in the relay events.

Xavier is once again coached by Mark Rankin and Jenny James, along with first-year coach Tootie Rankin. The divers are coached by Frank Pipitone. The team’s student manager is senior Maddie Weiland.

The Gators’ noteworthy seniors are Paola Guerra, Jordan Herrera, Kelly Scott and Emma Sharp.

Xavier Prep swimming and diving roster – 2020


Seniors – Paola Guerra, Jordan Herrera, Mia Rankin, Kelly Scott, Emma Sharp, Chimal Citlali, Bethany Barnwell.

Juniors – Allegra Wilga, Ashley Baros, Grace Hull, Daisy Maldonado, Grace Munk, Hope Nolan.

Sophomores – Perla Akiki, Waverly Bagley, Maryn Day, Dylan Miller, Laney Weiland, Cassie Worth.

Freshmen – Elle Edwards, Ava Gill, Bella Guerra, Brooke Person, Madison Siordian, Sophia Sweatlock.


Juniors – Anastasia Bhatti, Alicia Jasinski, Emma Valentine.

Sophomores – Claira Chong, Michelle Mierzwa, Libby Surgent.

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