By Tanay Hudson
A Howard University swimmer will be making history at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Latroya Pina will be a member of the first ever Cape Verde National Swim Team during the Summer Olympics, reported the Howard University Bison. Pina will also be making history by being on the team with her siblings, Troy and Jayla. The three of them will make up 75 percent of the Cape Verde team.
“It’s not far-fetched, three members of one family all going to the World Championships and the Olympic Games,” the Howard senior the Attleboro Sun Chronicle. “We’re not just swimming for our colleges or schools, but for a nation so we want to do our best.”
Howard University is the only historically black university to have a men’s and women’s swimming team.
“Cape Verde is trying to make swimming a big sport now, so it’s our responsibility to represent our country,” Pina continued. “People in Cape Verde and all the Cape Verdeans in the U.S. will be looking up to us.”