Tee Time with Rika Park
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With the season in full swing (no pun intended), it is only right that our faithful Canes fans become familiar with the current student-athletes of the five-time national championship women's golf team. Once a week, HurricaneSports.com will introduce fans to a new member and help you get to know each athlete a little bit better.
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To start us off with the first of six installments of our "Tee Time with" series is sophomore Rika Park.
Hometown: Fujieda Shi-Shizouka, Japan
High School: Heritage Academy (South Carolina)
Major: Exercise Physiology
I'm a Hurricane because… nowhere else would I get the best opportunity to advance academically and professionally than at the University of Miami.
At the U, I've learned so much from: Coach Rizzo and Coach Koskinen.
The most influential person in my life is: Mike and Trish, who were my caregivers while I was in the IJGA. They were like my American parents.
One thing that everyone should know about Miami Golf: Everyone should know that we are making progress!
My favorite thing about being part of the U family is: getting to meet all the wonderful people.
My favorite golfer is: Annika Sorenstam.
My favorite midnight snack is: I don't eat at midnight.
My favorite class is: Sport Psychology.
My favorite cartoon when I was growing up was: Doreamon (Japanese cartoon).
If I could play any other sport at UM, it would be: Tennis
Other than play golf, I love to: Run
People might be surprised to know I: can sing karaoke for hours by myself.
Most embarrassing moment: When my ringtone went off in class and the ringtone was a Japanese song.
The farthest place from home I've been is: The U.S.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: Jentz (assistant coach Koskinen's baby boy)
My biggest pet peeve is: when other people forget to tell me something important.
My worst habit is: biting my nails.
If you walked into my dorm room, the first thing you would notice is: the smell of food.
When I was little, I wanted to be: a rabbit.
Now my dream job is: to be a successful professional golfer and own my own company.
About my teammates:
Most competitive: Laura Hendee
Best dressed: Coach Koskinen
Most intellectual: Carina Cuculiza
Most outspoken: Lauren Riehle
Most likely to win Dancing with the Stars: Lauren Riehle and Christina Ocampo
Most likely to win American Idol: Christina Ocampo
Most likely to bring down the house at a comedy club: Christina Ocampo
Most likely to make a stupid remark in a team meeting: Christina Ocampo
Has the messiest locker: Leticia Ras-Anderica
Has the cleanest locker: Carina Cuculiza
Will be on a reality show: Laura Hendee
Will be a head coach someday: I think I will.
Most likely to be president: Leticia Ras-Anderica