Colleges: Keefer receives Patty Berg Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award

Stillwater graduate and current University of Minnesota diver Maggie Keefer recently received the 2013 Patty Berg Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award during the Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet. (University of Minesota photo)

Stillwater graduate and current University of Minnesota diver Maggie Keefer recently received the 2013 Patty Berg Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award during the Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet. (University of Minesota photo)

Stillwater two-time state diving champion Maggie Keefer was the recipient of the 2013 Patty Berg Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award during the Golden Gopher Fund Annual Banquet on Oct. 21 in the DQ Club Room at TCF Bank Stadium.

Keefer is a two-time All-American and serves as a captain for the Gophers after being named the Big Ten Diver of the Year and helping the team to its second consecutive Big Ten Championship a year ago.

The prestigious honor — wrestler Tony Nelson received the Henry Williams Legacy Scholar-Athlete Award — is presented to an athlete who “exemplifies the core values of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics”. Recipients must by on a partial or full scholarship, preferably in their senior year, and on track to graduate. These student-athletes have also demonstrated academic and athletic success while displaying the core values of pride, personal integrity, respect for human dignity and loyalty.

This annual banquet provides an opportunity for donors to see firsthand the impact they have on Gophers student-athletes and also provides an opportunity for recipients to meet the individuals who financially support their athletic scholarships.

The honors continued for Keefer when she was named Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 22. This marks the second time she has received the honor this season and the 12th time in her career. The kinesiology major is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

The latest honor came after she won the one-meter (298.65) and three-meter (325.05) diving events in a 218-152 victory over the University of Wisconsin as the Gophers improved to 2-0 in the conference and 3-0 overall.

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