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Jul 8, 2016 · In Archives · 0

Naomy Grand’Pierre of UChicago to compete for Haiti in the Summer Olympics


Naomy Grand'Pierre

Naomy Grand'Pierre

Naomy Grand’Pierre, a sophomore swimmer at the University of Chicago, officially qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As the daughter of Haitian immigrants, she will be the first female swimmer to compete for Haiti at the Olympic Games. She competed in the 21st Caribbean Island Swimming Championships (CISC) from June 29-July 2, the Olympic qualifying meet for the Caribbean Islands region. She took part in three events at this meet, though it was her 50-meter freestyle that earned her an Olympic ticket. She received the exciting news that she would be Haiti’s female swimming representative by phone on Tuesday, July 5. Although she grew up in Atlanta, Grand’Pierre hopes to use her platform to inspire other Haitians to start swimming, pointing out that “‘ [there] are no role models for Haitians to look up to when it comes to swimming.’”

For more information, read the following articles on the UChicago Athletics page: 1) 2).


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