Stanford women's water polo's Maggie Steffens, already a two-time national champion with the Cardinal and the reigning ACWPC Player of the Year, has been named a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year award.
The award recognizes an individual sport athlete and team sport athlete whose performances over a 12-month time span have been exceptional. Past winners include Venus and Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Meryl Davis, Simone Biles, Yani Tseng and Candace Parker. Fan voting is open now through the end of the month.
The public and the Women's Sports Foundation's Awards Committee select the award winners by a 50-50 vote. The winners will be those two athletes who receive the highest combined share of a public vote (50 percent of composite) and the Awards Committee vote (50 percent of the composite).
The Most Valuable Player at the 2015 NCAA Championship, Steffens scored seven goals for the Cardinal, assisted on four others, and nabbed six steals to help Stanford to its fourth national title in the past five seasons. Both the 2015 ACWPC National Player of the Year and 2015 MPSF Player of the Year, she finished her junior season with 53 goals and is 11th in Stanford history with 164 in her career. She posted 17 multi-goal efforts in 2015, including nine hat tricks.
In early December, Steffens was named the FINA Women's Water Polo Athlete of the Year for the second time. The American beat out five other finalists in Kami Craig (USA), Maica Garcia (ESP), Giulia Gorlero (ITA), Rita Keszthelyi (HUN), and Rowie Webster (AUS) and accepted the award at the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Doha, Qatar.
The science, technology and society major is the first female two-time winner of that 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.
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 summer Steffens has played on the Senior Women's National Team with fellow Cardinal Makenzie Fischer, Ashley Grossman '15, Kiley Neushul '15 and Melissa Seidemann '13. Stanford's five representatives on the 13-player roster led Team USA to a 22-1 mark in the months of June, July and August, including gold medals at the Kunshan Cup in China, the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai, the Pan Am Games in Toronto and the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.