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Howard University Senior to Compete in 2020 Olympics With Two Siblings

Howard University senior Latroya Pina will represent Cape Verde proudly while competing in the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Pina is set to participate as a part of the first-ever Cape Verde National Swim Team in the 2020 Summer Olympics, according to the school’s website, the Howard Bison. She currently competes for several races, including the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke.

“During the 2017-18 season, Pina was selected HU Bison of the Month for her outstanding performances in January,” reads the site. “She won the women’s 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley in Howard’s Senior Night victory over Marymount. Pina led the way in the season finale at Catholic, claiming the top spots in the same events. The Massachusetts native was also part of two winning relay teams against the Cardinals: 200 medley and 200 freestyle.”

The biology major will also have the pleasure of competing alongside her siblings, as her brother and sister, Troy and Jayla, are also on the 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.”

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.