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.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Swimmers in top 3 of invite, nearly get 2nd

 Xavier Prep’s swim-dive team had a strong effort in its own invitational meet (with Brophy Prep) on Saturday (Sept. 18), finishing third, just two points out of second place.

As expected, Scottsdale Chaparral dominated the proceedings with 475 points, followed by Mesa Mountain View at 253 and Xavier at 251. Xavier and Mountain View will meet again on Thursday (Sept. 23) with a dual meet at Brophy.

Xavier’s top individual performance came by Gracie Munk, who won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.11 seconds. She also finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.06.

Hope Nolan also had a strong swim in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing third with a time of 54.29.

Xavier also has been proficient in the relay events over the years, and showed that again with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.74). The Gators’ swimmers were Munk, Dylan Miller, Ashleigh Baros and Nolan.

The Gators also finished third in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:37.67. The four XCP swimmers were Nolan, Munk, Lainey Weiland and Ginger Mago.

Xavier results

*Denotes finish toward team score.

200-yard medley relay – *XCP 5th, 1:55.67 (Claire Douglas, Daisy Maldonado, Grace Hull, Dylan Miller).

200-yard freestyle – *Ashleigh Baros, 11th, 2:01.57; Claire Douglas, 20th, 2:09.22; Ava Gill, 25th, 2:11.13; Madison Siordian, 34th, 2:16.12.

200-yard individual medley -- *Grace Hull, 11th, 2:17.76; *Ginger Mago, 16th, 2:20.42; Vivian Edwards, 35th, 2:33.63.

50-yard freestyle -- *Hope Nolan, 6th, 25.12; *Dylan Miller, 8th, 25.64; *Daisy Maldonado, 13th, 25.86; Bella Guerra, 40th, 27.82.

100-yard butterfly -- *Gracie Munk, 2nd, 57.06; *Grace Hull, 11th, 1:00.51; *Ginger Mago, 12th, 1:00.82; *Carter Cook, 16th, 1:02.13.

100-yard freestyle -- *Hope Nolan, 3rd, 54.29; *Dylan Miller, 7th, 55.26; *Lainey Weiland, 12th, 55.65; *Daisy Maldonado, 16th, 56.74.

500-yard freestyle -- *Ashleigh Baros, 8th, 5:18.84; Elle Edwards, 28th, 5:23.99; Lola Lysak, 30th, 5:27.82; Madison Siordian , 32nd, 6:13.62.

200-yard freestyle relay -- *XCP 3rd, 1:39.74 (Gracie Munk, Dylan Miller, Ashleigh Baros, Hope Nolan.

100-yard backstroke -- *Gracie Munk, 1st, 57.11; *Krista Tymkiv, 9th, 1:02.07; *Claire Douglas, 11th, 1:02.33; *Carter Cook, 16th, 1:03.71.

100-yard breaststroke -- *Ava Gill, 12th, 1:13.10; *Bella Guerra, 16th, 1:15.18; Lola Lysak, 25th, 1:17.90; Meredeth Scott, 32nd, 1:21.21.

400-yard freestyle relay -- *XCP 3rd, 3:37.67 (Hope Nolan, Gracie Munk, Lainey Weiland, Ginger Mago.

Team scores – Scottsdale Chaparral 475, Mesa Mountain View 253, Xavier Prep 251, Mesa Red Mountain 245, Gilbert Campo Verde 146, Scottsdale Saguaro 118, Queen Creek Casteel 110, Gilbert Higley 100, Peoria Sunrise Mountain 89, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 82, Gilbert High 77, Surprise Willow Canyon 62, Chandler Basha 54, Mesa High 47, Surprise Paradise Honors 39, Gilbert Perry 35, Glendale Mountain Ridge 21, Apache Junction 21, Phoenix Paradise Valley 18, Phoenix Country Day School 18, Phoenix Sunnyslope 18, Surprise Shadow Ridge 15, Flagstaff High 12, Peoria Centennial 10, Phoenix Mountain Pointe4, Surprise Valley Vista 3, Cottonwood Mingus  2, Glendale Raymond S. Kellis 1.

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