GIRLS' SOCCER: `MOM'S' IN CONTROL HART MIDFIELDER NAKAMARU TAKES CHARGE.Byline: Kirby Lee Special to the Daily News
Starting a family is in the future for Kim Nakamaru, but the Hart High senior midfielder is assuming a parental role for the Indians' girls' soccer team.
Nakamaru has earned the nickname ``Team Mom'' for her contributions: she helps offer stability to youthful Hart, which has four freshman starters.
``Kim yells like a mom and is like a true mother,'' junior fullback Julie Hauserman said. ``You never take it personally when you are playing. You can't work as a team without communication.''
Her aggressive playing style invokes another label, ``Piranha piranha: see characin.
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``It's like somebody biting you and you try to get rid of them and you can't,'' Arias said.
Being in the water is second nature to the 5-foot-3 Nakamaru, a four-year member of Hart's swim team and six-time Foothill League champion. Last season, she won league titles in the 100 and 200 freestyle The code name for the MCE version of Windows. See Media Center Edition. and 400 freestyle relay and qualified for the Southern Section Division II finals.
Nakamaru swims in the morning and works out with the soccer team in the afternoon. She concedes that participating in both sports instead of specializing might have hindered her development, but she has no regrets.
``It always crosses my mind what I could do if I did one or the other,'' Nakamaru said. ``I hear it from both coaches, but I can't. I like the aspects of both sports. Swimming is an individual sport and you get what you put into it. I like the camaraderie ca·ma·ra·der·ie
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Her endurance was evident this summer when Nakamaru won her age division of the San Clemente San Clemente (săn klĭmĕn`tē), city (1990 pop. 41,100), Orange co., S Calif., on the Pacific coast; inc. 1928. Camp Pendleton, a large U.S. marine base, adjoins the city, which is chiefly residential. Ocean Festival Biathlon biathlon (bīăth`lŏn), sport in which cross-country skiers race across hilly terrain, occasionally stopping to shoot with rifles at sets of fixed targets. The biathlon features the 10-km (6. , a competition that consisted of a mile ocean swim and 5K run.
In between soccer and swimming, Nakamaru finds time for academics. Nakamaru, who would like to attend USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. , Stanford, Princeton, Cal or UC San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. and major in biomedical engineering Biomedical engineering
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She is the president of Hart's National Honor Society The National Honor Society (NHS), established in 1921, is a recognition program for American high school students who show achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. and Future Business Leaders of America chapters. She also finds time to coach a youth swim team and referee AYSO AYSO American Youth Soccer Organization
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AYSO Albuquerque Youth Soccer Organization (Albuquerque, New Mexico) soccer games.
``It allows me to see the game from a different perspective and I hope seeing a girl referee can give the girls something to look up to,'' Nakamaru said.
Nakamaru has been thrust into a similar role on the Hart soccer team. It's been a humbling experience for her, a third-year player who saw the Indians' streak of Foothill League titles come to an end last season at seven.
This season, Hart, which is 7-6 heading into Friday's Foothill League opener against Burroughs of Burbank, will be an underdog to defending league champion Valencia.
Nakamaru turned it up a notch on the opening day of the Hart tournament with three goals in two pool-play matches, including twice in a 4-0 victory over Camarillo. Her contributions in past seasons were mainly in the middle of the field on teams with high-profile scorers.
``I was more of a supporting player and we could rest on tradition,'' Nakamaru said. ``Now, I have to be a leader. It's been a building process. It hurts to lose, but we have to make the best of To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the greatest advantage.
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See also: Best Best what we have. Our goal is to go out there and win league, but before we do that, we can't worry about it if we do the best we can. That's all we can ask for.''
Name: Kim Nakamaru
School: Hart High
Sport: Soccer, Swimming
Notable: Nakamaru excels in soccer and swimming. A six-time Foothill League swimming champion, she earned all-league second-team honors in soccer last season.
Senior midfielder Kim Nakamaru of Hart High is in a good position to direct the Indians' offense.
Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer
NAKAMARU FILE (see text)