Mallory Socha shared a moment with bachelor Brad Womack in Monday's episode, Socha's last.
‘Bachelor’ has no rose for UH grad
Mallory Socha made waves by jumping into a pool in a bikini
It's too bad that Mallory Socha didn't get the chance to show more of the "aloha spirit" on national television.
The 24-year-old nanny from Honolulu wasn't one of the contestants on ABC's "The Bachelor" to receive that all-important red rose from the hunky Brad Womack.
After making, literally, a splashy impression in the first episode last week -- stripping down to a bikini and jumping into the pool -- by the end of Monday's show, she and two other young ladies were let go.
Originally from Monrovia in Southern California, Socha (pronounced so-hah), moved here seven years ago to attend the University of Hawaii-Manoa and be a competitive swimmer under coach Mike Anderson.
"I remember telling my swimmer friends on the mainland that, while they were in the pool for like four hours, we were having Saturday workouts surfing in Waikiki," she said. "I can surf, although I'm not very good. But it makes for a great upper body workout."
Maybe Socha's aquatic prowess would've made a more lasting impression had she been on the group date that went to a Malibu beach house, but instead she ended up with a group at the race track.
The horse she picked ended up winning, but that was small consolation.
"I would've been more myself, had I stayed longer in the contest," Socha said. "I would've shown that I was both athletic and could be sweet and genuine to whoever I was dating. And I would've brought some of the aloha spirit.
"Relationships out here in Hawaii are certainly different, and sometimes it's hard to convey what makes them so to people who live on the mainland."
Socha, who was selected for the show through a casting call in Los Angeles, is pursuing a master's degree in nursing and will return to UH after finishing prerequisite courses at Kapiolani Community College. She finished her undergrad work in 2004, and the following year did an internship working for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"I want to work in either ER or pediatrics. ER is great for someone younger like me, with all the energy, but my heart is in working with kids in pediatrics."
Now that she's off the show, Socha is able to talk about her involvement in the 11th season of "The Bachelor."
"I've received quite a few e-mails and phone calls from friends I haven't talked to in some time. And all through this, my family has been very supportive, ranging from grandparents to my youngest cousin," she said.
"Overall, it was a really good experience, and I'm glad I did it. It was a chance of a lifetime."
Episodes of "The Bachelor" continue at 9 p.m. Mondays on KITV/ABC.