May 14, 2008

Somers, WI - Carthage College men's swimming coach Greg Earhart today announced the signing of River Jeremy Kiefer to swim for Carthage beginning in 2027.

Kiefer, who was born earlier this week, is the son of Robin and Stacey ('02) Kiefer, brother of Ginger ('27) and great grandson of Olympic Gold-Medalist Adolph Kiefer.

"We do a lot of scouting of recruits and our staff really feel that River was the best available swimmer graduating in 2027." explained Earhart. "Add in his family history at Carthage [mother, Uncle Andy, Aunt Kelli, uncle Craig, and Casey Griffiths (who must be related in some way) all swam at Carthage] and we felt he would become an impact player."

He is believed to be the youngest-ever recruit to commit to any collegiate program. Last month, Michael Avery, an eighth grader from Thousand Oaks, California committed to play basketball for Kentucky. That factored into Carthage's recruitment of the infant.

"With the trend towards earlier and earlier college commitments, we felt we needed to pull the trigger early," explained Earhart.

When asked to comment, River Kiefer drooled.



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