May 23, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut rising sophomore Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) and incoming freshman Diguan Pigot, her brother, will be representing their home country of Suriname at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
Chinyere will be competing in at least one sprint freestyle event while Diguan will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Chinyere comes off a very successful freshman season. She set UConn records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles as well as part of several record setting relays. She was named All-BIG EAST Conference as a freshman and in November competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games. This is the second Olympics for Chinyere as she competed in 2008 Summer Games as a 14-year-old.
UConn assistant coach Tyson Hurst will also be at the London games to assist the Suriname coaching staff. As UConn's sprint coach working with Chinyere, Hurst was selected by Suriname to coach Chinyere as part of their Olympic Staff.
Suriname is located in the northern part of South America and has a population of approximately 500,000.
The two Pigots join a growing list of UConn connections to the London Olympic games.
UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma will be the head coach of the United States team, which will consist of former Huskies Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi.
Former UConn field hockey All-American Melissa Gonzalez (2007-10) will be a member of the United States team in London.