In an exciting day for Seattle University women’s rowing, the team competed in the Husky Open to start the morning and capped off the day’s festivities as they held a dedication ceremony for their new racing shell.

"We had some rough conditions today, some of the toughest we've had to row in, but I thought the women handled it very well,” said interim head coach Jenny Park.

“The boat dedication ceremony was beautiful. The team and I are so thankful for the support of the Rolfe family. We can't wait to race the ‘Ellie Rolfe’ next week at the Covered Bridge Regatta.”

Seattle University president, Fr. Stephen Sundborg, spoke at the dedication ceremony and christened the new racing shell, which the team will use starting next weekend. The purchase of the boat was made possible by a generous donation from Stu and Lee Rolfe, and is named “Ellie Rolfe” after their late daughter.

In the morning’s races, the Seattle U V4+ finished second to host Washington, but ahead of Western Washington and Portland, with a time of 5:25.5.

The 2V 4+ finished third and the N8+ finished fifth in their respective races, less than three seconds behind their closest competitor in each race.

The Redhawks will next race at the Covered Bridge Regatta on Dexter Lake near Eugene, Ore. on Saturday, April 13, before returning home to host Portland at the Seattle Rowing Center on Saturday, April 20.

College W V4 (1500 M)

1)     Washington (5:22.4)

2)     Seattle University (5:25.5)

3)     Western Washington (5:32.9)

4)     University of Portland (6:07.5)

College W 2V4 (1500 M)

1)     Washington (5:49.2)

2)     Western Washington (5:53.9)

3)     Seattle University (5:56.5)

College W N8 (1500 M)

1)     UW “B” (5:07.8)

2)     UW “A” (5:10.2)

3)     University of Portland (5:14.4)

4)     Western Washington (5:22.3)

5)     Seattle University (5:24.5)

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