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.”