Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 26, 2013

After falling in love with diving last year, a broken nose can't scare off Keffer

After falling for diving last year, a broken nose can't scare off Keffer

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That fierce dedication greatly impressed her diving coach.

“The first day of the season we asked her if she wanted to dive or swim again,” Pierce said. “And she said she wanted to dive without missing a beat. It would have been a lot safer to swim, but she wanted to dive. That said a lot about her and that she really loves what she does.”

Now a senior, Keffer is a quad-captain and one of Andover’s best divers. And you need only to look at her face to see her excitement for the sport.

“What you have to see is the smile on her face every day,” Fitzgerald said. “Even if she isn’t happy with the way she is diving that day, she is smiling because she is out there. Now, I don’t want her encouraging too many swimmers to try diving, but as much as we would love to see her in the lanes, we love what she is doing.”

For Keffer, who hopes to qualify for sections this fall, she said her diving experience has meant more than just a lot of fun.

“I wanted to have the ability to perform under pressure,” said Keffer, who plans to study special education in college next year. “When I was a swimmer, I always had problems with mental toughness.

“Diving, having the ability and courage to do it, has helped me a lot and I am so glad I did it.”

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