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 3, 2021

Xavier triumphs in first swim-dive meet of season

 The first swim and dive meet of the season was a big success for Xavier Prep.

The Gators traveled to Chandler High on Thursday (Sept. 2) and took care of the host Chandler Wolves 141-42.

According to first-year coach Glen Coy, the Gators had quite a few outstanding performances.

The Gators have strong relay teams on an annual basis, and 2021 appears to be no different.

Coy said the 200-yard medley relay was a top finisher, as was the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Also among the highlights, according to Coy, were victories in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 500-yard freestyle and in diving.

Pacing the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.11) were senior Claire Douglas, sophomore Ava Gill, freshman Carter Cook and junior Cassie Worth. And taking care of business in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:57.08) were senior Ashleigh Baros, junior Lainey Weiland, sophomore Bella Guerra and senior Daisy Maldonado.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Weiland touched the wall first (26.59), followed by junior Dylan Miller (26.60).

Xavier grabbed the top three spots in the 100-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle.

In the 100 fly, it was senior Grace Hull (1:03.72), freshman Ginger Mago (1:03.78) and freshman Carter Cook (1:04.07).

In the 500 free, it was senior Asheligh Baros (5:32.45), sophomore Bella Guerra (5:51.27) and sophomore Elle Edwards (6:02.00).

There also was a strong effort by the divers, most notably No. 1 Claira Chong (junior) and No. 2 Michelle Mierzwa (junior).

Xavier will be back in the pool, this time on Thursday (Sept. 9) at Phoenix Pinnacle. Start time is 4 p.m.

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