TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Wednesday is the final day of the early signing period, and locally, a lot of athletes took advantage of it. On Tuesday, Leon High School swimmer Clair Kercheval-Roig joined them, as she put pen to paper to make things official with the University of Pennsylvania.
Kercheval-Roig swam for the Lions all four years of her high school career, and capped off her senior campaign with a fifth place finish at State in the 100 back.
Kercheval-Roig said she has a lot of close ties to Penn, a Division I Ivy League school, and said when she stepped on campus, she knew she was in the right place.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs, I had a really rough year last year," she said, adding it's a good feeling to sign after years of hard work. "There were moments where I didn't think I would get to this, but it was really my coach Terry Maul and Art Skelly and my family. I just have a huge support system that's really pushing me up all the time so it's really them. It means the world to me. It's just the culmination of a bunch of different years coming together and I just couldn't be happier."
Kercheval-Roig is currently ranked fifth in her class at Leon High, and carries a 4.57 GPA. She said she plans on studying Pre-Med.