Howard University’s Latroya Pina to Make History at 2020 Olympics

[Copy] WordPress Image Size (1)Howard University senior, Latroya Pina, will be representing Cape Verde as a swimmer in the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The student and soon-to-be Olympian will also be joined by her siblings Troy and Jayla, meaning that the Pina family will make up 75 percent of Cape Verde’s swim team.

“It’s not far-fetched, three members of one family all going to the World Championships and the Olympic Games,” Pina told The Sun Chronicle. “We’re not just swimming for our colleges or schools, but for a nation, so we want to do our best.”

This team will be Cape Verde’s first-ever national swim team.

“Cape Verde is trying to make swimming a big sport now, so it’s our responsibility to represent our country,” Pina said. “People in Cape Verde and all the Cape Verdeans in the U.S. will be looking up to us.”

Currently, Latroya, a senior biology major, competes in the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke for Howard University. The entire Pina trio is set to in the Confederation Africaine de Natation Championship Meet in early September in Algiers, Algeria. Following this will be 2019 World Championships in South Korea and the 2020 Olympics.

“To represent your country at the Olympic level is every swimmer’s dream,” said Howard Swimming & Diving Head Coach Nicholas Askew. “We are excited for Latroya and have no doubt, she will make Howard University and Cape Verde very proud.”


Chantè Russell

Chanté Russell is a Howard University print journalism major from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her entire life has been shaped by her passion for writing, fashion and activism. Those passions have led her to create a blog entitled Be The Zeitgeist and serve as a staff writer for Howard’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She has also written for Lady With Attitude and worked as a freelance journalist. Some of her biggest role models include Anna Wintour, Maya Angelou and her cousin, Dr. Jennifer Edwards, who inspired Chanté to attend Howard. After completing college, Chanté hopes to work as a fashion journalist and use her platform to combat cultural insensitivity within the fashion industry and improve the public perception of the industry.

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