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Steffens a FINA Finalist

Sep 23, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford junior Maggie Steffens has been named one of six finalists for the FINA Women’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year it was announced Tuesday.

The American is joined on the ballot by Kami Craig (USA), Maica Garcia (ESP), Giulia Gorlero (ITA), Rita Keszthelyi (HUN), and Rowie Webster (AUS). Awarded by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) and FINA Aquatics World Magazine, voting is carried out by FINA member federations and everyone who holds a FINA position. The winner is slated to receive the award at a special ceremony in Doha, Qatar ahead of the World Swimming Championships (25m) set to start December 3.

Steffens has the unique opportunity to be the first two-time winner of the award, which was inaugurated in 2010. She was also named the FINA Women’s Water Polo Athlete of the Year in 2012 before making her collegiate debut with the Cardinal.

The science, technology and society major delivered 12 goals helping Team USA earn a second consecutive FINA World Cup crown in 2014. She was second on the team in scoring with 11 goals in a gold medal effort at the 2014 FINA World League Super Final.

Steffens earned Olympic MVP honors and led all players with 21 goals as the U.S. captured gold at the 2012 London Games. She scored five goals in that Olympic Final against Spain and matched the Olympic record with seven goals in the tournament-opening U.S. win over Hungary.

This past May, Steffens helped Stanford capture its third NCAA title in four years and fourth overall. She provided one of the main punches for the Cardinal offense, sharing the team scoring crown with Kiley Neushul (51 goals). Steffens tallied six hat tricks to power an offense that averaged 13.31 goals per game and earned her second consecutive ACWPC All-America First Team nod.