March 10, 2012
Minnesota sophomores Maggie Keefer and Sarah McCrady both qualified for the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships after putting together strong performances during the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships this week at the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Pool.
McCrady closed out the competition by claiming top honors in platform diving with a final score of 559.10. The sophomore entered the finals in second place after posting a score of 271.95 in the preliminaries, before securing her first-place finish with a 287.15 in the finals.
Junior Katie Grunawalt placed sixth in the event with a final score of 510.25, while Keefer finished in 11th place with a final score of 468.25. Freshman Katy Etterman also competed in the preliminaries, registering a score of 214.30, good for 19th place.
Keefer and McCrady will compete at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships March 15-17 at James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
NCAA Zone D Championships - Women's Qualifiers
Sarah McCrady (Minnesota)
Jaele Patrick (Texas A&M)
Janie Potvin (Texas A&M)
Jordan Morcom (Missouri)
Margaret Keefer (Minnesota)
Julia Lonnegren (Houston)
Alexandra Bettridge (LSU)
Veronica Rydze (Iowa)
Christina Gailey (Missouri)
Rebecca St. Germain (Texas A&M)
Shelby Cullinan (Texas)
Diana Wilcox (Texas)
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
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.