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, October 15, 2021

Swim-dive dual duel goes in Gators' favor

 Xavier Prep’s swim and dive team battled to a very close but successful finish in its dual meet on Thursday (Oct. 16) at Chandler Hamilton.

The Gators edged out the Huskies  94-92.

In the relay events, Xavier was first and third in the 200-yard freestyle, and second and third in the 200-yard medley and the 400-yard freestyle.

Xavier had victories in five individual events – including 1-meter diving.

Those winners were Hope Nolan in the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.9), Gracie Munk in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.5), Nolan in the 500-yard freestyle (5:29.5), Munk in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.5), and Claira Chong in diving (188.55 points).

Other individuals of note . . .

Asleigh Baros, third place in the 200 free (2:06.8), Daisy Maldonado, second in the 50 free (26.25), Lainey Wieland, third in the 50 free (26.63), Grace Hull, second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.5), Maldonado, third in the 100 free (58.75), Claire Douglas, second in the 100 back (1:06.6), Ginger Mago, third in the 100 back (1:07.2) and Michelle Mierzwa, second in the 1-meter diving (183.6).

Xavier’s divers are participating on Friday (Oct. 15) in the Craig Cummins Invitational at the Skyline Aquatic Center in east Mesa, and the swimmers will hit the pool on Saturday (Oct. 16) for that portion of the event. Skyline will be the site of the Division I state meet on Nov. 5 and 6. The state diving sompetition will be at Brophy Prep on Nov. 4 and 5.

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