Gamecock junior posts second fastest time of his career
Carolina finishes 15th with a time of 6:24.54
Carolina to swim 800 freestyle relay in tonight's finals
Flach finishes 45th in 500 freestyle
Competition begins Thursday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
2011-12 - One of the Gamecocks' top swimmers...Made the consolation finals in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly at the SEC Championships...Placed ninth overall in the 200 freestyle with a NCAA B cut 1:36.81...Posted the fastest time on the team in the 200 freestyle with a leadoff split of 1:36.58 in the 800 freestyle relay at the SEC Championships...Claimed 10th in the 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships with a personal record of and NCAA B cut of 4:22.48, which was the sixth fastest time in school history...Finished 10th at the SEC Championships in the 200 butterfly with a NCAA B cut of 1:47.60, which is the sixth fastest mark in program history...Won seven races on the season, with four coming in the 200 freestyle and three in the 500 freestyle...Part of 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay teams at SEC Championship that posted NCAA B cut times of 2:59.13 and 6:32.83, respectively...Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
2010-11 - Was a valuable part of the Gamecock team as a freshman...Advanced to consolation finals in 200 free and 500 free at SEC Championships...Finished 14th in 500 free with 4:23.54...Took 11th in 200 free with time of 1:36.12...Both were NCAA `B' cuts and the second-fastest time on the team for the year...Part of school record-setting 800 freestyle relay team at SEC Championships (6:27.30)... Also helped 400 FR team to NCAA `B' cut time (2:58.02)... Named SEC Freshman of the Week following performance vs. Western Kentucky (10/16)...Posted first NCAA `B' cut in the 200 freestyle at Nike Cup Invitational (1:37.72) to finish third behind teammate Michael Flach... Had team's fourth-fastest time in 100 free (45.42) and third-best in 200 IM (1:50.61)...Won 10 individual races and five relays during the dual-meet season.
PRE-COLLEGE - Member of Club Natacio Badalona... Was fifth at 2010 European Junior Championships in 200 freestyle...Won Campeonato de Espana Junior in 100, 200 and 400 freestyle...Took third place at the Campeonato de Espana Absoluto in 200 freestyle...Helped his high school team to a runner-up finish at the ISF World Championships in Puerto Rico in 2008-09.
PERSONAL - Full name is Gerard Rodriguez Lopez...Born Nov. 24, 1992, in Barcelona, Spain...Parents are Xavier Rodriguez and Maite Lopez...Has one brother, Albert...Plans to major in physics.