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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:01 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Before his second race, Marana swimmer Jordan Jeffries paced the deck, staring into the water as his white iPod headphones swung side-to-side Michael Phelps-style, blaring the theme from Sylvester Stallone’s classic Rocky.

During Saturday’s 4A Southern regional swim meet, comeback kid Jeffries made the theme his own.

The Marana junior started the 100-yard backstroke as a second seed, and, with a preliminary time nearly two seconds behind that of the race’s Apollo Creed (Catalina Foothills’ favored Cole Puchi), smart money was on his finishing there.

Underdog Jeffries instead played the role of Balboa, pulling away in the last leg of the race and staging an incredible upset victory over Puchi, winning the regional championship in the event and automatically qualifying to swim in the state meet at Arizona State University on Oct. 31.

The winning time: 55.98 seconds, more than 2-1/2 seconds faster than his preliminary time, and second-best statewide.

“I was pretty tired coming off that wall at the end,” said Jeffries. “But it was like all the training I did the whole year came back and I thought, ‘I can do this.’”

That wasn’t all he could do.

Jeffries broke school records in both the backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly with a final time of 53.43 seconds, and helped the Tigers to a sixth seed in the 200-yard individual medley relay.

Fast times and broken records are important, but Jeffries’ team spirit is also critical to the Tigers’ team success, according to Marana head coach Erin Brewer.

“He gives a sense of confidence to the team because he is so encouraging to everybody,” said Brewer. “He’s always cheering for everyone else.”

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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