Pigot, from Miami, Fla., is a native of Suriname, located in the northern section of South America. She will be competing in the sprint freestyle races for Suriname, which has a population close to 500,000.
During her freshman season at UConn, Pigot set UConn records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles in addition to several record setting legs in relays. She was named All-Big East Conference as a freshman and in November competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games. This is her second Olympics. She competed in 2008 Summer Games as a 14-year-old.
Digot Pigot, Chinyere's brother and incoming UConn freshman, will also compete in the games for Suriname in the 100-meter breaststroke.
The Opening ceremonies are Friday at the Olympic Stadium and will be televised on NBC affiliates at 7:30 p.m. Suriname will be the 174th country in the Parade of Nations, between Sudan and Swaziland. As in tradition, Greece will be the first country and host England will be the final country.