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Olivia Mendonca
Player Profile:
Olivia Mendonca 2953958
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
High School: St. Margaret's College

Prior to Duke: Spent the summer training for a spot on New Zealand's U23 World Championship team … represented her home country at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and finished sixth overall with partner Ruby Willis … during senior year at St. Margaret's, placed first in the eights among all New Zealand Secondary Schools and second in the pairs … at the regional meet during senior campaign, took first in the eights and pairs … as a junior, took third at the national event in the fours and eights while placing first at the regional event in the eights and earning South Island Under 18 Rowing Team accolades … stormed through the national meet as a sophomore, winning in the fours and eights while sweeping the fours and eights at the regional event during sophomore season … also participated in netball for three years, being placed on the top team in the region all three years and making an appearance on the second best team in New Zealand in 2014 ... a prefect in 2015 and a member of the Sports Council in 2014-15 ... received the Excellence Award in physical education in 2015 as well as an excellence rating in New Zealand's Secondary Schools National Qualification Program in 2013-14. 

Personal: Born November 1, 1997 … daughter of Marc and Cindy Mendonca … great grandfather, Lance Johnson, was a member of the All Black New Zealand rugby team in the 1920s.

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