Swimming & Diving

KellyRodriguez

  • position Freestyle
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Madison, Wis.
  • Major Marketing
  • High school Edgewood High School

Top Times (SCY):
200 Freestyle: 1:48.19 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/17/22)

500 Freestyle: 4:48.73 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/16/22)
1000 Freestyle: 10.00.63 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/19/22)
1650 Freestyle: 16:32.41 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/19/22)

Top Times (LCM):
200 Freestyle: 2:05.51 (Greensboro Speedo Sectionals, 7/16/21)
400 Freestyle: 4:23.05 (Greensboro Speedo Sectionals, 7/17/21)
800 Freestyle: 9:02.43 (Greensboro Speedo Sectionals, 7/15/21)

Career Notes:

  • 2022 Frank G. Ham Society of Character inductee
  • 2020, 2021, 2022 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
  • 2019 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2021-22 (Senior): Finished 23rd in the 1650 free (16:32.41), 31st in the 500 free (4:48.73) and 35th in the 200 free (1:48.19) at the SEC Championships, earning best times in all of her events in her last meet as a Wildcat … Placed 15th in the 200 free (1:48.83), 19th in the mile (16:51.23) and 20th in the 500 free (4:53.89) at the midseason Ohio State Invitational … Had five top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season, highlighted by a win in the 100 free (51.50) against Cincinnati on Senior Day … Was the runner-up in the 1000 free (10:04.98) versus Marshall … Took third in both the 200 free (1:53.41) and 500 free (5:02.20) against Ohio … Raced to fourth in the 1000 free (10:22.42) in the season opener with Indiana and Indiana State … Won the Team Spirit Award and the Bob Bradley Scholarship Award at the program’s annual award banquet … Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the 2022 CATSPY Awards for maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.  

2020-21 (Junior): Finished 23rd in the mile at the 2021 SEC Championships with a time of 16:40.22 where she also raced the 200 free (1:48.25) and 500 free (4:50.78) as UK won their first-ever conference title … Placed ninth in the 200 free (1:50.20) and 13th in the 500 free (4:54.08) at the Missouri Invitational … Recorded eight top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season … Took fourth in both the 500 free (4:59.44) and mile (17:06.69) against Alabama … Raced to fourth in the 200 free (1:52.62) against Vanderbilt … Earned the Bob Bradley Scholarship Award and the Booster Club Award at the program’s annual awards banquet … Named to SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2019-20 (Sophomore): Reset career-best marks in two events throughout the season … Finished in 20th place in the 1650 freestyle in 16:49.31, a career best, at the Ohio State Fall Invite … Meanwhile, she set a career best in the 1000 freestyle split in 10.09.34 at the Ohio State Fall Invite … Earned the Bob Bradley Scholarship Award at the program’s annual awards banquet … Named to 2020 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2018-19 (Freshman): Set two career-best marks in her first season at UK … Posted a 50.97 in the 100 free and a 4:52.28 in the 500 free, both at the Ohio State Winter Invite … Finished first (4:52.28) in the 500 free preliminary round at the Ohio State Winter Invite, to finish third overall (4:53.85) … Named to SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
 
Prior to UK: Three-time Wisconsin State Champion in the 200 free, posting a state-record time of 1:48.39 her senior year to win the event … Named the 2017 WIAA Division II Girls Swimmer of the Year … Helped her team win three straight state championships … Named Edgewood team MVP all four years … All-American in the 200 free … Competed on the track team, winning 3200-meter relay state championships in 2015 and 2018.

Personal: Parents are Anne and Victor Rodriguez … Has one sister, Victoria … Mother was a diver at Iowa State.

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