Elliott Keefer Biography
Ohio State Overview: Elliott is one of the top breaststrokers in the Big Ten Conference ... he is poised to make a serious splash at the 2011 NCAA championships ... he is coming off a tremendous junior campaign that extended into the summer months when he competed at the 2010 Conoco-Phillips U.S. National Championships in Irvine, Calif. ... at that meet swam the second-fastest 200 breaststroke time - at the time; 2:12.09 - in the United States, placed third in the event and made U.S. team to the Pan Pacific Championships ... then at Pan Pacs, he was 10th in the 200 breaststroke and 24th in the 100 ... his efforts have qualified him to compete at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China ... all this coming after Keefer was dominant at the 2010 Big Ten championships, winning the 100 breaststroke title in 53.23 (second-fastest time all-time at Ohio State) and taking second in the 200 in a school-record time of 1:54.13 ... earned honorable mention All-America honors at the 2010 NCAA championships in the 200 breaststroke (12th) and as part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that placed 10th and ninth, respectively ... presented with the Mike Peppe Coaches Award following the 2010 season ... Elliott was also an NCAA qualifier to the 2009 national champions, swimming the 200 breaststroke ... he has now scored points at the Big Ten championships all three years in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events ... additional national meets - recently - include the 2009 U.S. National Championships and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials ... one of two Buckeyes presented with the Mike Cochran Award, which goes to the "most promising freshman," at the end of the 2007-08 season ... after his sophomore season he was presented with the Coach John Bruce Award for his commitment to excellence ... Elliott is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and, in 2009, he was named a Scholar All-American by the National Swimming Coaches Association of America by having a grade point average of at least 3.50 coupled with his qualifying for the NCAA championships ... majoring in history and international studies and would like to work in security and intelligence some day.
Background: Elliott was a three-year letterwinner at Milford H.S. ... also a four-year letterwinner for the water polo team ... earned two first team all-state honors in water polo ... member of the 2006 state champion team ... a seven-time academic all-conference honoree ... son of Jeff and Amy Keefer ... father played baseball for the Buckeyes ... has three "awesome" younger brothers: Alan, Joel and Paul.
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