Feb. 13, 2013
The Big Ten Conference announced it’s weekly awards Tuesday. The Gophers took home two out of the three awards after a strong performance at the Minnesota Challenge this past weekend. Maggie Keefer received Diver of the Week while Marina Spadoni notched Freshman of the Week.
Keefer earned first and second-place finishes at the Minnesota Challenge to give the junior her 10th weekly award of her career and fifth of the season. Keefer finished first in 3-meter diving with a career-best score of 380.50 and second in platform with a 273.85. Both scores were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
Spadoni had an outstanding weekend at the Minnesota Challenge, posting five first-place finishes and two second-place efforts. The freshman finished first in the 100 free (50.87), 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Spadoni finished runner-up in the 50 free with a time of 23.49 and in the 100 back in 56.97, both personal best times. This is Spadoni’s first weekly award of her career.
This marks the 11th week that the Gophers have received Big Ten honors this season.
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