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A sophomore at the University of Chicago, made history Friday by becoming the first female swimmer from Haiti to compete in the Olympics

A sophomore at the University of Chicago, made history Friday by becoming the first female swimmer from Haiti to compete in the Olympics. Grand'Pierre finished 56th out of 88 in the 50-meter race, after coming in second in her heat. She posted a time of 27.46 seconds, about 3 seconds off the top time. “It’s not my fastest time,” she said. “I wish I could have gone faster, but I’m not going to complain. I’m super honored to have be and be a part of the Olympics.” The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Grand'Pierre did not arrive at the Games expecting to win a medal. Instead, she hoped to inspire other Haitian girls to learn to swim. Despite living on an island, only one percent of Haitian children know how to swim, according to the country’s Olympic federation.

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