By John Cirillo
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She doesn’t need an “Ore” to swim. On waters that have taken Ore Cherebin from Grenada, to Fairfield, Connecticut, by way of York, Pennsylvania, and finally to Brazil, incoming Fairfield University freshman swimmer from St. George, Grenada, will represent her country in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero.
The future Stag amphibian will compete for the first time in the Olympics, after garnering the Grenadian colors at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the FINA World Championships in 2013 and 2015, and the 2015 Pan American games.
Cherebin will be competing in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke events, and hopes to literally make a big, Stag-style splash.
“Being an Olympian is a huge honor and means more than words can describe,” says the butterfly and breaststroke artist. “I almost can’t believe it. It’s a dream come true to be able to be part of team Grenada in Rio.”
She has fond memories of her homeland: “I used to live in a town called Good Hope, in St. George. Living in Grenada were all good memories. Where I lived, it was a forested area, very calm compared to the busy streets of the United States. It was a very calm and relaxing lifestyle. You could walk in the middle of the road without the fear of being run over by a car.”
Cherebin found Fairfield, and looks forward to competing for the Stags, with hopefully a medal in tow. “It was a lot more than just because of the swim team,” says the elite swimmer. ““I visited Connecticut and liked the area, and started looking at schools there when came across Fairfield. I looked at the swim team, and like the coach (Janelle Atkinson-Wignall) and the school.”
“The landscape of Connecticut reminds me of home,” she adds.There was more East Coast landscape prior to Rio. Cherebin trained at the York (Pa.) YMCA. “I didn’t chose York, it was by coincidence,” she says. “”I had family living there, and my aunt and uncle were gracious enough to let me live with them and suggested train there. That team was perfect for me and I loved it there.”
Now, Ore Cherbin is hoping for more perfection in Rio, as the Summer Olympics get underway on August 5.