Keefer wraps up stellar diving career at U of M

Stillwater graduate and University of Minnesota senior Maggie Keefer closed out her remarkable collegiate career while earning All-American honors during the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships last week at the U of M Aquatic Center. (Gazette-ECM photo by Bruce Strand)

Stillwater graduate and University of Minnesota senior Maggie Keefer closed out her remarkable collegiate career while earning All-American honors during the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships last week at the U of M Aquatic Center. (Gazette-ECM photo by Bruce Strand)

MINNEAPOLIS — Stillwater graduate Maggie Keefer wrapped up her successful collegiate career at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships last week at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Competing in her fourth and final NCAA Championships, Keefer scored a total of 29 points in three diving events for the Gophers, who placed 10th overall with 136.5 points. The Gophers matched their 10th-place finish a year ago, which was just one spot behind the program’s best-ever ninth-place showing in 2011. Earlier this season, the Gophers completed an undefeated dual meet campaign and a third consecutive Big Ten Championship.

Keefer’s top performance in this year’s competition came in the 1-meter diving on Thursday, March 20, finishing fourth with a score of 328.20 to earn All-American honors for the third time. She also earned All-American honors while placing second in 1-meter diving and sixth in 3-meter diving at nationals a year ago when she was also named the Big Ten Diver of the Year.

Keefer added a ninth-place finish in the 3-meter diving with a score of 368.60 on Friday and placed 12th in platform diving with 278.06 points on Saturday.

Prior to the start of nationals, the Gophers captain talked about closing out her collegiate career at the U of M.

“This is the first place where I began diving and to have this be the place where I end my diving (career) is amazing,” Keefer said.

Prior to joining the Gophers, Keefer enjoyed a stellar career for the Ponies, including back-to-back individual state titles in 2008 and 2009 while helping Stillwater to four MSHSL state championships (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009). She also trained at the U of M outside of the high school season.

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