Seattle University women’s rowing competed in their first Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (WIRAs) as an NCAA DI program as the Varsity 8+ qualified for the grand finals race and the Novice 8+ won the petite finals.

“I think the varsity performed well in their heat; they looked really solid coming down the course and qualifying for the grand final,” said interim head coach Jennifer Park. “The novice 8 had a tough heat and raced hard, but came up just short of making the grand final.”

In the Redhawks’ first race of the weekend, the Varsity 8+ finished third in their heat to qualify for the grand finals race. They finished seven seconds ahead of San Diego State with a time of 7:06.3, but fell just shy of Stanford Lights and Saint Mary’s.

The Novice 8+ moved to the petite finals after placing fourth in their heat behind San Diego State, Orange Coast, and UC Santa Barbara. They finished ahead of Humboldt State with a time of 07:27.2.

Seattle U emerged victorious in the petite finals race, finishing nearly seven seconds ahead of their next closest competitor. SU topped Humboldt State, UC San Diego, UC Davis, and Oregon with a time of 7:28.5.

In the final race of the weekend, the varsity 8+ finished sixth in the grand finals race with a time of 7:25.4. For the first year varsity program to qualify for the grand finals was significant, as this is the top women's event at the regatta.

“I thought we had some really great racing this weekend,” said Park. “The novice 8 had a solid finish on Saturday and the varsity 8 finished in the grand final. I’m happy with our results, as are the athletes.”

The Redhawks will finish their inaugural varsity season at the Opening Day Regatta on the Montlake Cut on May 4. For all the latest updates and results stay tuned to, @su_athletics on Twitter, and “Seattle U Athletics” on Facebook.

Seattle University Lineups

Varsity Eight: cox- Jolie Kawasaki (Honolulu, Hawai’i), stroke- Hana Wilder (Portland, Ore.), 7- Kaitlyn Hammond (Billings, Mont.), 6- Darian Borst (Milwaukee, Wisc.), 5- Audrey Shaw (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 4- Olivia Amrhein (Phoenix, Ariz.), 3- Sinclair Ball (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), 2- Katie O’Neill (Ventura, Calif.), bow- Keara Collins (Seattle, Wash.)

Novice Eight: cox- Brooke McCulloch (Centennial, Colo.), stroke- Kelsey Hopkins (Beaverton, Ore.), 7- Shelby Johnson (Kenmore, Wash.), 6- Sara Haugen (Novato, Calif.), 5-Madeleine Evans (San Jose, Calif.), 4- Mariana Osuna (Boise, Idaho), 3- Olivia Smith (Seattle, Wash.), 2- Taylor Orian (Keau’au Hawai’i), bow- Rowan Walton (Mill Valley, Calif.)


  • Varsity 8+ (Heat): Stanford Lights (6:51.5), Saint Mary’s (6:59.8), Seattle U (7:06.3), San Diego State (7:13.3)
  • Novice 8+ (Heat): San Diego State (7:14.8), Orange Coast (7:20.3), UC Santa Barbara (7:22.8), Seattle U (7:27.2), Humboldt State (7:30.2)
  • Varsity 8+ (Grand Finals): Gonzaga (6:47.7), Stanford (6:47.9), Saint Mary’s (6:58.6), LMU (6:58.8), Sacramento State (7:03.6), Seattle U (7:25.4)
  • Novice 8+ (Petite Finals): Seattle U (7:28.5), Humboldt State (7:35.0), UC San Diego (7:51.2), UC Davis (7:51.5), Oregon (8:00.6)
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