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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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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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