March 8, 2012
University of Minnesota sophomore Maggie Keefer posted a score of 583.50 in 1 meter diving to secure a third-place finish Thursday to lead a group of four Gophers at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships at the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Pool.
Keefer opened the day with a score of 293.15 in the preliminaries, before notching a 290.35 in the final to record the highest score for a Gopher on the day.
Fellow sophomore Sarah McCrady recorded a ninth-place finish by registering a final score of 541.20. McCrady posted a preliminary score of 275.80 and finished the day with a 265.40 in the finals, while Katie Grunawalt followed closely behind in 10th place. The junior tallied a score of 254.05 in the preliminary round and a mark of 266.45 in the finals for a complete-day score of 520.50.
Freshman Katy Etterman also competed in the preliminaries of 1 meter diving, registering a score of 249.45.
Keefer, McCrady, Grunawalt and Etterman will be back in action Friday when they compete in 3 meter diving and will conclude the Zone Diving event Saturday with platform diving.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.
Gophers Win Two Events, Sit in Third
Minnesota added its third and fourth gold finishes of the Big Ten Championships on Day 3.