The softball team for the South American nation of Colombia doesn’t wear green and gold, but its shortstop hopes to “Laker Up” during Olympic competition.
“My Oswego players will know it’s for them when I do it wearing my Colombia colors,” said Morgan Nandin M’17, of the victorious “Laker Up” hand signal shared by Oswego State softball players. Nandin, who became a member of the Oswego State softball coaching staff in fall 2015 as she pursued a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, has joined the Colombian National Softball Team and is hoping to help the team advance to the 2020 Olympics.
“Like so many athletes, making it to the Olympics has always been my life dream,” said Nandin, whose father was born in Colombia and who maintains dual citizenship. “I am very proud of my Colombian heritage, and it’s been such an honor representing the country playing the sport I love.”
Since joining the team, Nandin has traveled the world and met many players from different countries.
“We have a lot of tough competition in front of us in order to qualify, but I know my whole team, including me, is working extremely hard in the off season to prepare for big tournaments leading up to the 2020 Olympics,” Nandin said.
Nandin’s time at Oswego followed an exceptional undergraduate career at Syracuse University: Her record for most games played still stands in the Orange’s history books, at 227. Today, she is the varsity softball team coach for Oswego High School, where she teaches physical education.