March 26, 2013
University of Minnesota junior Maggie Keefer received top honors from the Big Ten Conference Tuesday afternoon, as she was named the Diver of the Year by the league's head coaches. She earns the fifth honor all-time for the Gophers and the first since Kelci Bryant earned back-to-back accolades in 2010 and 2011.
A six-time All-American, Keefer capped off her junior season with her most successful NCAA Championships appearance of her career. The Stillwater, Minn., native claimed national runner-up honors on 1-meter springboard to open the event, before adding a sixth-place finish in 3-meter springboard on the second day of NCAA competition to earn first team All-America accolades in both events.
Not only did Keefer dive well at the NCAA Championships, but the junior also had a spectacular showing at the 2013 Big Ten Championships. She won Big Ten titles in both 1-meter and 3-meter and placed sixth in platform to be named the Big Ten Diver of the Championships for the second-consecutive season and help the Gophers claim their second-straight Big Ten Championships title. Keefer was Minnesota's top scorer of the Championships, accounting for 53 of the team's points.
Throughout her junior campaign, Keefer was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week five different times and won 16 event diving titles. She currently ranks second on Minnesota's record chart in 1-meter, 3-meter and platform diving.
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.