RI's Rodriguez reaches state swim finals


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Posted Online: Feb. 22, 2013, 11:53 pm
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By Chris Steele, chrissteele@qconline.com
Rock Island senior Daniel Rodriguez had been to the IHSA State swim finals before, but something about being on the blocks for what could be the final swim of his prep career made him take notice of the little things.

"It was crazy," Rodriguez said. "I remember before the 50 yard freestyle looking up and seeing my name on the state finals board -- it was mind blowing."

Rodriguez touched the wall in 21.48 for a ninth place finish Friday in the IHSA swim meet qualifying him for today's consolation finals.

At the United Township Sectional, Rocky's Rodriguez reached his goal of swimming 21 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle with a 21.60, and is looking for one last time drop in his final swim.

"Maybe dropping under 21 would be nice." said Rodriguez laughingly.

Rodriguez missed out on qualifying in the 100 butterfly, finishing 27th (52.37), with Rock Island teammate George Pappas swimming to a 36th-place time of 53.21.

Pappas finished 26th in the 100 individual medley (1:58.31).

Rock Island 's team of Adam Cady, Pappas, Rodriguez and Josh Fleming finished 27th in the 200 medley relay (1:39.18).

The Moline 200-yard freestyle relay team just missed out on advancing to today's final. The Maroons team of Matthew Roche, Michael Vershaw, Alec Michna and Fermann Flowers was 29-tenths of a second from making the consolation final.

After overcoming a knee injury to swim a school record 58.96, Roche's bid to make the finals in the 100 breaststroke fell short with a 23rd-place finish at 59.23, the second-fastest time he's ever swam in his event.

Rocky's Josh Fleming finished the 500 freestyle in 33rd place (4:51.86), and was 38th in the 200 freestyle (1:46.42).

In the past two weeks, the relays of Rock Island and Moline fed off of each other to post sensational times at conference and sectionals. The two schools rode that intensity to a state appearance, but neither school was able to advance.

Rock Island's relay of Pappas, John Ponsetto, Rodriguez and Fleming finished 30th with a time of 3:16.07, and Moline's group of Michna, Andrew Gerdes, Vershaw, and Flowers landed in 34th (3:18.77).


















 



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  Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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