2011

Sports Legend

Cherie Benz Adair

Cherie, a part of the most dominant swimming team in Hamburg history, was an outstanding backstroker and sprinter who continues to hold the HHS 100 back and 50 freestyle records. Cherie qualified for the State meet in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke all four years of her high school career. Cherie was ECIC and Sectional champ in 1987 in the 100 backstroke with a time that stood as a Sectional record for three more years. Cherie led off Hamburg’s 3rd place finishing medley relay and also finished 5th in the 50 freestyle at the same State Championship meet. Cherie was also co-captain with Trish Griffin-Harrigan on those great swimming teams that never lost a meet during their remarkable careers. Cherie also had tremendous success at the Empire State Games, winning Gold medals in 1985, 1986 and 1989. Cherie went on to swim at Miami University (Ohio), where she won Gold at the Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships in 1990 for the 200 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay, and in a 1992 Gold medal in the 100 Backstroke.