Rocky's Rodriguez medals at state swimming

Posted Online: Feb. 23, 2013, 9:52 pm
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By Chris Steele,
The entire season, the Rock Island boys' swimming squad has been about accomplishing something as a team.

At Saturday's IHSA State swim meet, Daniel Rodriguez's pride in an individual accomplishment couldn't be diminished because he shared it with his teammates.

Rodriguez, who qualified for state in four events, finished 12th (:21.82) in the consolation bracket finals in the 50-yard freestyle.

"It means a lot to go out and represent your hometown,'' Rodriguez said. "It means a lot looking down to the end of the lane, and seeing your friends and your teammates cheering for you.''

Mundelein's Connor Black won the state title in :19.95 a day after setting the state record in the 50 free prelims with a 19.80.

Black also set the national record in the 100 butterfly at 46.71.

New Trier won the Illinois team title for the third consecutive season, and Rock Island finished 46th.

With Rodriguez's former teammate, Charles Holliday. placing fifth last year, Rocky now boasts back-to-back state medalists for the first time since 1994, when Clint Anderson repeated a 500 free medal and also finished sixth in the 200 free.

Yet, Rock Island coach Grant Bramer sees an even brighter future for the sectional and Western Big 6 Conference champs.

"For the most part we have a very young team,'' Bramer said. "George Pappas and Josh Fleming have a very promising future. We have some very promising freshmen that are going to be doing some damage in the next year or two as well.''


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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