Elliott Keefer, one of Clermont County’s all-time great prep aquatic stars, has recently been notified of his selection to the All-American team for his superior talents in high school water polo competition.
Keefer explained there are All-American teams that emerge from zones across the United States. Ohio is included in Zone One. The other states in this zone are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
“I honestly didn’t see this coming. I was really very surprised,” said Keefer, who recently graduated from Milford High School.
He will begin his collegiate career this fall at The Ohio State University where he will be majoring in sports medicine and history and competing in the water.
In addition to his All-American status at the fielder position, Keefer also stood out in swimming. He competed in the state championship meets in this sport three years. He has registered school records in the 100-yard freestyle (56.89 seconds) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.4). In the breaststroke he was Greater Miami Conference champion twice, sectional champion twice, district finalist thrice, and state finalist thrice. He was the Eagles' swimming most valuable team member thrice.
"Winning the state meet in water polo meant so much," he said.
Keefer explained that the state championship contest that won out over Thomas Worthington High School of the Columbus area "came down to the last 30 seconds."
In addition to the state title battle, Keefer pointed out another highlight of his water polo career came his junior year versus Upper Arlington, also in the Columbus area. Milford rallied from an 8-5 deficit with just two minutes remaining in the contest to send it into overtime and then emerge victorious. "I scored the winning goal at the buzzer," he said.
Keefer, who today swims for the Cincinnati Aquatic Club, was praised by his high school water polo and swimming coach Gary Tameris. "(Making All-American) is a real neat honor and it is well-deserved. We are really going to miss Elliott. You don't just replace talent like that. He's our first boy All-American at Milford High School."