Oct. 16, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team claimed three Big Ten Conference Weekly Awards Tuesday, the league office announced. Jessica Plant earned Co-Swimmer of the Week honors, Maggie Keefer was named Diver of the Week and Kierra Smith was tabbed Freshman of the Week.
Jessica Plant earned her first-career Swimmer of the Week honor after producing three first-place finishes against Iowa State in the 100 back (56.73), 200 back (2:01.71) and 400 free relay (3:28.30). All three times set new meet records and her 56.73 in the 100 back was a career-best for the sophomore. Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin shared the Big Ten honor.
Maggie Keefer earned her first Diver of the Week honor this season and sixth of her career. Keefer won both diving events last weekend against the Cyclones, scoring a 289.72 on the 1-meter board and 302.25 on the 3-meter board. Both marks were NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores.
Kierra Smith received Freshman of the Week honors after impressing at home against Iowa State. Smith recorded two first-place finishes, marking new meet records and career-bests in both the 100 breast (1:02.77) and the 200 IM (2:04.48), while also posting a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly (57.82).
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