Rowing Signs Champion Kayaker to NLI

Nicole Fong will row for the Lions in 2014.

Nov. 22, 2013

LMU Director of Rowing Dr. Vaclav Kacir announced Thursday that Nicole Fong (Punahou HS | Honolulu, Hawaii) has signed a National Letter of Intent to row for the Lions beginning in the fall of 2014. Fong is an accomplished kayaker, but is looking forward to rowing for the Lions in 2014.

"I am very happy that Nicole decided to switch out her paddle for an LMU oar," Kacir said. "Nicole is an accomplished athlete and experienced competitor, and our team has a great track record developing athletes from other sports. I know that Nicole will be a huge contributor to our team and the LMU family."

One of the top kayakers in the country competing for the Hawaii Canoe and Kayak Team, Fong most recently finished second in the nation, falling less than a second from first place, in the 200 M K-2. She went on to finish third in the K-1 200 M, and is the youngest woman to cross the Molokai Channel, doing so in the Molokai Relay. At the high school level, Fong serves as a team captain of her varsity kayak team, placing first in the ILH Girls Varsity Sprint Championship and guiding the squad to an undefeated record and the 2013 Hawaii State Championship.

"Nicole will bring leadership and dedication, in addition to her experience and passion for water sports, to the LMU rowing program," Assistant Coach Magdalena Jankowska stated. "She is an extraordinary athlete with excellent academics and sportsmanship, and I am looking forward to working with such a dedicated athlete with already established great physical strength. We are excited that Nicole will be joining our team, and we know she will bring great value to the LMU community and our program."




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