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.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Munk shines in swimming invitational

Xavier Prep senior Gracie Munk is swimming toward one of the strongest seasons in the team’s history.

The latest evidence of that came on Saturday (Oct. 16), when she won two individual events and helped a couple of relay teams to impressive finishes in the Craig Cummins Invitational at the Skyline Aquatic Center in east Mesa.

Munk and fellow senior Hope Nolan finished 1-2 in the 100-yard butterfly. Munk also won the 100-yard backstroke and led the parade in two second-place relay finishes, the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle.

Xavier will compete in a dual meet on Thursday (Oct. 21) against Phoenix Desert Vista at the Brophy Prep Aquatic Center.

Xavier top finishers

Craig Cummins Invitational

Saturday, Oct. 16

200-yard medley relay – Xavier 2nd, 1:52.45 (Gracie Munk, Ashleigh Baros, Hope Nolan, Dylan Miller).

200-yard freestyle – Ashleigh Baros, 5th, 2:02.45.

50-yard freestyle – Lainey Weiland, 3rd, 25.55.

100-yard butterfly – Gracie Munk, 1st, 57.59; Hope Nolan, 2nd, 58.68; Grace Hull, 6th, 1:01.84.

100-yard freestyle – Daisy Maldonado, Tie-6th, 56.54; Lainey Weiland, 8th, 56.95.

200-yard freestyle relay – Xavier 2nd, 1:40.80 (Gracie Munk, Hope Nolan, Dylan Miller, Lainey Weiland).

100-yard backstroke – Gracie Munk, 1st, 58.46; Claire Douglas, 8th, 1:03.04.

100-yard breaststroke – Hope Nolan, 6th, 1:10.47; Ava Gill, 7th, 1:12.68.

400-yard freestyle relay – Xavier 6th, 3:53.83 (Daisy Maldonado, Ginger Mago, Claire Douglas, Bella Guerra).

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