Howard Swimmer Set to Compete in
2020 Summer Olympics
Senior Latroya Pina to swim for Cape Verde at the 2020 Summer
Olympics in Tokyo
(Photo Credit – CCSA)
WASHINGTON (August 21, 2018) – Howard University senior swimmer
Latroya Pina (Seekonk, Mass.) will swim for Cape Verde at the 2020
Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Pina, alongside her siblings, Troy and Jayla, were selected to
represent the Cape Verde National Swim Team in the Confederation
Africaine de Natation Championship Meet, scheduled for Sept. 10-16
“It’s not far-fetched, three members of one family all going to the
World Championships and the Olympic Games,” said Pina to The Sun
Chronicle. “We’re not just swimming for our colleges or schools, but
for a nation so we want to do our best.”
The family is part of the first team from the African nation island
that fielded at the competition; thus, granted an automatic berth to
the Summer Games.
“To represent your country at the Olympic level is every swimmers
dream,” said Howard Swimming & Diving Head Coach Nicholas Askew. “We
are excited for Latroya [Pina] and have no doubt, she will make
Howard University and Cape Verde very proud.”
During the 2017-18 season, Pina was selected HU Bison of the Month
for her outstanding performances in January. 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.
Academically, the Biology major received multiple honors, including
being named to the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Commissioner’s All-Academic Team and 2018 Eastern College Athletic
Conference (ECAC) Spring President’s Honor Roll List. Pina
maintained a 3.6 or better during the 2017-18 academic calendar
After wrapping up her junior year in the pool, Pina joined the
Howard Women’s Lacrosse team in the spring where she saw action in
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan begins Friday, July 24,
2020 through Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020.
Coach Askew and the Bison begin their 2018-19 season in September.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at
|Askew, Howard Swimming & Diving Welcomes New
Faces to the Program
Seven new Bison join the nation’s only HBCU Swimming & Diving
WASHINGTON (August 28, 2018) – Coach Nicholas Askew and the Howard
University Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams welcomed seven
new Bison to the nation’s only Historical Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) swimming & diving program.
“This is a special time for our program,” said Askew. “[Us] having
such a strong core of returners, beginning with the leadership in
our seniors. We are thrilled to welcome some of the Nations’ finest
swimmers to our Swim & Dive family. They each bring skillsets that
will drastically fortify our depth on our rosters, especially on the
Entering this season, Coach Askew will have 11 seniors to spearhead
this year’s squads: eight men and three women. Over the past two
seasons, Howard has shattered 35 school records, including 22 from a
Here is more information on the seven new Bison:
Miguel Davis, Jr. (Temple Hills, Md.) – Breast/Free
Davis comes to The Mecca from Prince George’s County where he
received All-Met Honorable Mention. Academically, the Maryland
native is a member of the National Honor Society and National Art
Asha Evans (Atlanta, Ga.) – Free/Back
Evans joins the program from Atlanta where she chose Howard for the
combination of an increasingly competitive swim team and the ability
to attend a prestigious black university.
Madison Freeland (Glenside, Pa.) – Mid-Distance/Distance
Freeland brings a decorated background to The Hilltop after being
selected to the All Inter-Ac First Team three times. She also won
the 2018 Inter-Ac Championship and 2018 Eastern Scholastic
India Jackson (Philadelphia, Pa.) – Breast/IM
Jackson reaches our Nation’s Capital from Philadelphia, Pa. where
she selected Howard because of the family dynamic and the sense of
community on campus.
Simone Outlaw (Burlington, N.J.) – Backstroke
Outlaw arrives in D.C. from Hawthorne Christian Academy (Hawthorne,
N.J.) where she is the team record holder in the 100-yard
backstroke. Academically, she won 2017 State of New Jersey
Department of Education Rising Scholars Award.
Josiah Scott (Cedar Park, Texas) – Freestyle
Scott joins the Bison Family from Cedar Park, Texas where he could
not pass up the experience and environment that the Howard
University swim team brings.
Myka Thomas (Philadelphia, Pa.) – Free/Fly
Thomas hails from the City of Brotherly Love where he earned
All-Conference in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles. She also
placed first in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA)
National Championships Regetta Junior Quad.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at
CU Swims To Two Records In Day One Of SCAD Invite
SAVANNAH, Ga.- After the opening night of competition at the SCAD
Invitational, the Chowan Swimming team sits in ninth place in a strong
Day One Results | Chowan- Ninth 30pts
LOCATION | Savannah, Ga.
INSIDE THE LANES
200 Medley Relay
Chowan picked up a ninth place finish in the event with a time of
1:51.01. Julia Chmielewska and AnnMarie Spikerstarted off the relay with
Jasmine Gibson and SheAyre Bowles finishing strong for the Hawks.
Kjahna O finished 18th overall in the event with a program-best time of
AnnMarie Spiker finished the event with a season-best time of 2:19.46.
Sarah Hull finished with a time of 2:37.72.
Julia Chmielewska grabbed two points in the event with a 15th overall
finish. Chmielewska touched the wall at 24.85 just off a season-best
time. Grace Arredondo finished with a time of 25.57, while SheAyre
Bowles (25.64), Jasmine Gibson (25.81), and Ashley Hernandez (26.16)
rounded out the competition in the event for the Hawks.
800 Free Relay
Chowan posted a school record in the event with a time of 8:10.81 to
finish 13th overall. AnnMarie Spiker and Grace Arredondo started off the
relay with Jasmine Gibson and Kjahna O finishing it off.
Chowan will jump back in the water on Friday in the second day of
competition at the SCAD Invitational.
|Chowan Adds Men's Swimming As 19th NCAA Sport [picture]
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Chowan University President, Dr. M. Christopher
White, and Chowan Athletics announce the addition of men's swimming as
the Hawks' 19th NCAA sport for the 2018-19 academic year to compete
alongside the women's program. Recruiting for the program will begin
"We are thrilled to announce the addition of the men's swimming program
here at Chowan University, giving us our 19th NCAA sport," said Athletic
Director Patrick Mashuda. "Another team getting to compete in the Bynum
Brown Aquatic Center is a welcomed addition to our athletic footprint."
"The women's swim team has been a tremendous success," stated Dr. White.
"I anticipate the men's team will too. Men's swimming is just another
step on Chowan's road to greatness."
Current head women's coach Matt Hood will also handle coaching duties
for the new men's program. Hood was hired in May of 2015 and currently
in his second season finishing 11th overall in a strong Bluegrass
"I am thrilled about the addition of the men's swimming program," stated
Matt Hood. "It will add a new dynamic to the swim program, which will
help everyone compete at a higher level. It will bring a stronger energy
and excitement to the competition environment at home and on the road.
We will be following a similar plan as we did with the women's program
by bringing in a strong core group of swimmers who will be competitive
from the beginning and ready to continue improving."
Chowan will become the fifth member of the Conference Carolinas with
both men's and women's swimming programs making men's swimming an
emerging Conference Carolinas sport. Barton, Emmanuel, King (Tenn.),
Lees-McRae, and Limestone feature both programs as Converse has only
Competition for the Men's program will begin during the 2018-19 season
alongside the women's program starting their third season.