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    Graciela Breece-Rodriguez     
     
      Graciela Breece-Rodriguez
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Boulder, Colo.

High School:
Fairview H.S.

Height:
5-2

Event:
Butterfly, Backstroke

Birthdate:
03/03/1984

Club:
Boulder Swimming (Coaches: Tori Eubanks/Bob Smart)

COLELLA ON BREECE-RODRIGUEZ

"Graciela is coming off a great summer of training and competing where she saw several best times. I envision her to continue being one of the most competitive athletes I have had the opportunity to work with and after this summer I feel she is in a position to take it to the NCAA Championship level this season."

BREECE-RODRIGUEZ'S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

AT TENNESSEE:

COLLEGIATE BEST TIMES
100y butterfly:55.71
200y butterfly:2:01.25
100y backstroke:57.89
200y backstroke:2:02.73
200y IM:2:03.67
2003-04: Improved her time as the 13th-fastest Lady Vol in the 200y backstroke, as she clocked a personal-best time of 2:02.73 at the SEC Championships...Increased her career win totals to three, as she claimed two events on the year...Swam a time of 57.13 in the 100y butterfly in the Houston Invitational to bring home the crown...Her clocking of 2:07.30 in the 200y butterfly was good enough to win the event in the dual-meet victory over Arkansas...Earned 12 other top-five finishes on the year, including three second-place showings...Had the second-best time of the year in the 100y butterfly (55.73), trailing only two-time All-American Jacque Fessel...Also swam a leg on several relay teams on the year...Helped the Big Orange to a victory in the 400y medley relay, swimming the third leg...Swam three of the fastest five times on the year for the Orange and White in the 200y butterfly.

2002-03: Became the sixth-fastest Lady Vol in both the 100y and 200y butterfly during rookie year...Turned in a third-place 55.71 in the 100y butterfly at the Georgia Bulldog Invitational...Posted a 200y butterfly preliminary time of 2:01.25 at the SEC Championships in Auburn, Ala...Logged a 12th-place 2:03.67 in the 200y individual medley at the league meet, which was good enough to become the 11th-fastest orange-clad in that event...With a 2:02.85 preliminary performance at SECs, Breece-Rodriguez also became the 13th-fastest Lady Vol in the 200y backstroke...The Boulder, Colo., native also turned in a 57.89 effort in the 100y backstroke at the Indiana Invitational, which moved her up to 18th place on UT's chart in that event...Claimed her initial event title with a 2:05.91 effort in the 200y individual medley against Georgia...Tabbed to the Lady Vol Honor Roll for academic achievement.

BREECE-RODRIGUEZ'S PERSONAL FILE

HIGH SCHOOL: Garnered All-America honors twice in the 100y butterfly...Selected to the all-state swimming team in 1998 and 2002...Helped guide her team to a Boulder County championship and second-place finish at state as a senior...Finished her prep career holding Colorado state records in the 100y fly, 100y back and 200y back...Member of her school's honor roll and student council.

PERSONAL: : Pursuing a major in marketing...Born Graciela Alice Breece-Rodriguez on March 3, 1984, in Boulder, Colo...Daughter of Irene Rodriguez...Has four brothers, Aaron, 27; Adam, 25; Ethan, 21; and Evan, 20, and three sisters, Alisa, 24; Elane, 17; and Cecelia, 11...Enjoys flying and endeavors to earn a pilot's license...Greatest swimming thrill was breaking the 100y fly zone record at age 10...Favorite vehicle is a Jeep Wrangler...Favorite movies is Brown Sugar...Favorite pump-up song is "Ride Wit Me" by Nelly.

ABOUT LADY VOL SWIMMING AND DIVING

"I love being a part of a team that can and will achieve greatness."

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