Making a small ripple in the pool has allowed Stillwater graduate Maggie Keefer to continue making a big splash for the University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team.
The diver recently capped an exceptional junior season while earning All-American honors for the sixth time and was also named the Big Ten Diver of the Year by the league’s head coaches.
Keefer, an individual state diving champion for the Ponies in 2008 and 2009, was the national runner-up in 1-meter springboard diving at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis and followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the 3-meter springboard to earn first team All-America honors in both events to help the Gophers to a 10th-place finishes in the team standings. Keefer also competed in platform diving, but did not advance out of the preliminaries.
The kinesiology major was also honored last week as an Academic All-Big Ten recipient.
Earlier this season, Keefer was named the Big Ten Diver of the Championships for the second year in a row after winning the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles and placing sixth in platform. She was the top scorer for the Gophers while leading them to their second straight Big Ten championship.
Keefer was named Big Ten Diver of the Week five times this season and finished first in 16 events this season. She currently ranks No. 2 on the U of M’s all-time list in all three diving events.