March 26, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners today, as voted on by the conference coaches. Indiana’s Lindsay Vrooman captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Minnesota’s Maggie Keefer took home Diver of the Year accolades.
After winning the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events, two relay events and setting three records at the Big Ten Championships, Vrooman was awarded Swimmer of the Championships honors. Her 500 freestyle time (4:35.41) set a Big Ten record, while her second consecutive 1,650 freestyle title (15:51.20) was a Big Ten Championships meet and school record. The junior earned All-America recognition for her performances at the NCAA Championships, placing in the top-five in two events. The Hoosier finished third in the 1,650 freestyle and fifth in the 500 freestyle at the championships. Vrooman is the second straight Hoosier to earn Swimmer of the Year laurels after Allysa Vavra was honored last season. Indiana has now won the award five times, including four of the last five years.
After claiming the 1- and 3-meter diving titles at the Big Ten Championships, Keefer was named Diver of the Championships for the second consecutive season. She posted scores of 351.45 in the 1-meter event and 392.25 in the 3-meter event to improve upon her second-place finishes at the 2012 Championships. The junior helped the Golden Gophers to their second consecutive conference title and fifth crown overall. At the NCAA Championships, Keefer placed second in the 1-meter springboard (310.45) and sixth in the 3-meter event (352.40) to achieve All-America honors. Her award is the fifth in Golden Gopher history and the third in four years after Kelci Bryant won back-to-back honors in 2010 and 2011.