OTTAWA – Samantha Cheverton learned a valuable lesson at the 2012 Olympic Games in London: she’s not done yet.

“The Games were a fantastic experience,” says the 24-year-old Pointe-Claire freestyle specialist, who competed at her first Olympics last summer. She raced in three events in London, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay.

“But I just left with the feeling that I wasn’t finished.

I still have more to go and I can still improve on my times. There’s definitely a lot of motivation to keep me going. I wasn’t ready to let it go.”

Cheverton is off to a great start in 2013. She earned a silver in the 200-m freestyle and fourth spot in the 400-m freestyle at the U.S. Grand Prix in Orlando, her first competition since the Games.

“I definitely hope to make the world championship team this year, with the 200-m freestyle and relays my main focus,” she says. “Making these big teams will definitely factor in me continuing through the next four years.”

While her life in the pool remains unchanged, Cheverton is engaged to be married this year to her college sweetheart Justin Farra.

“We met at Ohio State while both being on the swim team there. He retired from swimming and is now in his second year of law school. He proposed in London the day I finished competing,” says Cheverton, who graduated from OSU with a degree in psychology in 2011.

Cheverton’s next major competition is the World Championships Trials April 3-6 in Victoria.