New Player Profiles
Meet some of our new Vulcan ‘Ohana
Writer Trixie Croad Photos Trixie Croad and Vulcan Athletics SID (Sports Information Director) Russ Blunck
- Name: Symone Seidewand
- Sport: Women’s Soccer
- Standing: Freshman
- Position: Center Back
Symone made the leap all the way to Hawaii because she loves the ocean and is contemplating a major in Marine Science. Symone says she has always been independent, so making the decision to move across the country wasn’t an issue for her. In her words, “Well, it's Hawaii so…”.
So far Symone says her favourite part about Hilo is the people. “They’re very nice and welcoming.” But she’s finding the time difference hard. Symone had a rocky introduction to Vulcan athletics when she didn’t pass her physical because of some complications with a past concussion, and so missed out on the first couple of days of training. Once this was resolved however, she was all good to go. Some things Symone likes to do in her free time include spending time at the beach and by the ocean and she also loves to dance. If you see her around campus, give Symone a warm Aloha welcome and ask her to show you her moves.
- Name: Randi Hunter
- Sport: Volleyball
- Standing: Junior Transfer
- Position: Rightside
- From: Texas
Randi has joined the Vulcans from Prairie View A&M University, near her hometown of Clear Lake, Texas. Randi will have her hands full as a student athlete and Biomedical Science and Chemistry major. Unfortunately she was only able to participate in the first day of preseason before obtaining a shoulder injury that kept her out for the rest of the week, but Randi is confident she will be back in full swing before the start of the regular season. “I got hurt the second day so I’ve been a cheerleader on the sidelines. But it was good to watch everyone play and see how competitive everyone is,” she says.
Randi decided to transfer here to UH Hilo because she knew Coach Gene Krieger, and she also heard UH Hilo had a better science program than her old school. So far, Randi’s favourite part about Hilo is the people she has met. She said, “Everyone’s very friendly and not in a rush to go anywhere.” Her hobbies include drawing and spending time at the beach, so look out for her lounging on a Sunday at Four Mile Beach, and don’t be afraid to say hi!
- Name: Jeff Meier
- Sport: Men’s Soccer
- Standing: Sophomore Transfer
- Position: Left Wing
- From: Washington
Jeff played one season of soccer at Skagit Valley Community College in Washington before deciding he wanted to play at a higher level. He came to Hawaii a few years ago and loved the atmosphere and the weather, so that’s why he chose to play for UH Hilo. Jeff says Hilo reminds him of where he’s from. “I live on an island in Washington too, Whidbey Island, so it’s the same kind of small town feel.” he says.
So far Jeff has felt the Aloha spirit joining the Vulcan family, and although he misses his dogs and his friends back home, he already feels very welcomed. “My team were really friendly, a teammate let me stay at his house and everyone is all friends. It’s a lot more close knit than I’m used to. The returners helped the freshmen with recovery, ice baths and things like that… I feel like I have already made a lot of friends here,” he says.
Jeff is a Kinesiology and Exercise Science major and wants to pursue a career in sports medicine and athletic training. In his spare time he loves surfing and intends to buy a board here. He also likes to play video games and soccer in his spare time as well. If you see Jeff at Honoli’i or around campus, be sure to say hi.
- Name: Beatriz Duarte
- Sport: Cross Country
- Standing: Junior Transfer
- From: California
Beatriz has joined us from Hartnell College, wanting to continue her cross country college career somewhere outside of California. “I’ve not travelled outside of California, so going out seemed exciting,” she says. Beatriz says Hilo resembles her hometown of Watsonville, California in that it's also a small town with friendly and helpful people. What sets them apart, she says, is mostly the weather. Like most new players coming from the mainland, Beatriz had a hard time adjusting. “The humidity was hard to deal with when running,” she says. Beatriz is a Mathematics major and aspires to be a math teacher in the future. In her spare time she likes to listen to music, go hiking and be in the outdoors so Hilo is surely the place for her!