STORRS, Conn. – Recent 2015 University of Connecticut graduates Chinyere Pigot (Miami, Fla.) and Lachezar Shumkov (Sofia, Bulgaria) have found success swimming in international waters.
Pigot represented her home country of Suriname in the 100 and 50-meter freestyle at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. She finished fifth in the B Final of the 100-meter freestyle and 13th overall in a time of 57.52. Three days later, Pigot ranked second in the B Final of the 50-meter freestyle (25.79) and took 10th place.
During her time in Storrs, Pigot set school records in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. She earned All-Conference honors each season for the Huskies. As a sophomore, she competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Suriname. In her senior year, Pigot participated in the 2014 Short Course World Championships in Qatar.
Pigot along with former teammate Lachezar Shumkov are set to travel to Kazan, Russia for the 2015 Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Championships. The events will take place from July 24 through August 9. Pigot will again represent Suriname and Shumkov will represent Bulgaria.
Shumkov qualified for the World Championships by swimming cut times of 28.35 in the 50 and 1:02.54 in the 100-meter breaststroke.
While at UConn, Shumkov broke his previous school records in the breaststroke events in his senior season and currently owns the top times in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. He competed in the 2013 and 2014 Bulgarian National Championships, where he swept the breaststroke events both years. Shumkov also earned All-Conference honors during his junior and senior year.
“It is great to see some of our most dedicated athletes continue to perform so well after graduation,” UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. “Shumkov and Pigot competing on the world stage is a great accomplishment.”
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