Senior Maggie Keefer of the Gophers finished second in women’s 1-meter diving on Monday in the NCAA Zone D Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Her score was 661.10 and advanced her to the NCAA meet, also at Minnesota, on March 20-22. Keefer was second in the national meet a year ago.

Sophomore Jessica Ramberg of the Gophers placed fourth (632.95). That’s one spot short of automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet, but she still could get an invitation.

Keefer was fifth and Ramberg 13th on the 3-meter board Tuesday.

Manny Pollard of the Gophers finished fourth Monday in men’s 3-meter diving (815.45) and is in the same position as Ramberg, on the bubble for the NCAA meet. He was 11th in 1-meter diving Tuesday. The men’s national meet is March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

Platform diving competition will be held Wednesday.



• Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly of the Gophers was named the Big Ten’s third star of the week after getting four assists last weekend in a victory and tie with Ohio State.

• Jon Lehman, a Gophers senior from Coon Rapids, was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Field Athlete of the Year in the Midwest Region. His throw of 77 feet, 5 inches in the weight toss is the third longest in this NCAA indoor season.

• After winning his third consecutive Big Ten title, senior Tony Nelson of the Gophers is again the No. 1 heavyweight in InterMat’s weekly individual ratings.

• Marist sophomore Sydney Coffey, of Hopkins and the daughter of ex-Gopher Richard Coffey, was named the MVP of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. She scored 23 points as the Red Foxes beat Quinnipiac 70-66 for the title.