“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes for an incredible year in the classroom and the community,” said assistant athletic director Erin Engelhardt. “Seattle University is an institution where student-athletes can thrive both academically and athletically. Many thanks to the WAC for celebrating our academic accomplishments.”
To be eligible for WAC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at the school, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.
Seattle U baseball placed 12 honorees on the team, second highest among full WAC members behind UT Arlington with 13. Affiliate member Dallas Baptist placed highest with 16 on the team. Seniors Steve Kirbach (Kirkland, Wash.), Evan Ewing (Spokane, Wash.), Sean Narby (Auburn, Wash.), Nate Roberts (Silverdale, Wash.), Ryan Somers (Sammamish, Wash.), and Eric Yardley (Richland, Wash.), junior Ben Ruff (Fife, Wash.), sophomores Garrett Anderson (Kennewick, Wash.) and Grant Newton (Bend, Ore.), and freshmen Ted Hammond (Shoreline, Wash.), Cash McGuire (Kent, Wash.), and Connor Moore (West Richland, Wash.) all received the honor.
The Redhawk softball team ranked second, placing nine on the team, behind three teams who each placed 10. Seniors Rebecca Cable (Tacoma, Wash.), Rogin Hardy (Kirkland, Wash.), Jessica Ulrich (Lewiston, Idaho), and Allegra Wilde (Kennewick, Wash.), junior Sarah Petosa (Federal Way, Wash.), sophomores Erin Crowley (Kent, Wash.), Jenny Hurst (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), and Bubba Morrow (Auburn, Wash.), and freshman Brittney Lott (Tacoma, Wash.) represented SU softball on the team.
Seniors Will Holdridge (Lynden, Wash.) and Rob Seibly (Spokane, Wash.) and freshman David Torres (Armenia, Colombia) represented SU men’s golf while women’s golf had a representative at each grade level as senior Lori Pearson (Seattle, Wash.), junior Nicole Gaddie (Salt Lake City, Utah), sophomore Monica Keo (Kaneohe, Hawaii), and freshman Clare Sorensen (Roseville, Calif.) represented the team.
Upperclassmen including seniors Flavio Malagutti (Rio Claro, Brazil) and Kyle Rapp (Encinitas, Calif.) and junior Jason Bediones (Kent, Wash.), as well as freshman Will Topp (Olympia, Wash.) represented Redhawk men’s tennis while the women’s tennis team was one of six WAC teams with five or more recipients including seniors Steffanie Mortera (Portland, Ore.) and Lindsey Newman (Freeland, Wash.), juniors Sarah Lucas (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Corinne Wurden (Poulsbo, Wash.), and freshman Kristen James (Lubbock, Texas).
The outdoor track and field team boasted 34 honorees, 15 men and 19 women, including seniors Erik Barkhaus (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.), Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.), Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.), Sara Blakely (Spokane, Wash.), and Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.), juniors Jeff Baklund (Auburn, Wash.), Nick Bever (Seattle, Wash.), Samuel Engle (Portland, Ore.), Graham Kinzel-Grubbs (Portland, Ore.), Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.), Stephen Squatrito (Phoenix, Ariz.), Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.), Lauren Hammerle (Seattle, Wash.), Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.), Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.), and Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.), sophomores Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.), Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.), Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.), Meghan Arigo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Sophie Curatilo (Honolulu, Hawaii), Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.), Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.), Amy Tolentino (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Renate Wescott (Puyallup, Wash.), and Valerie Wu (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), and freshmen Gus Arroyo (Portland, Ore.), Chris Davis (Centennial, Colo.), Nathan McLaughlin (Puyallup, Wash.), Taylor de Laveaga (Gilbert, Ariz.), Rebecca Lassere (Boise, Idaho), Amanda Maddux (Gresham, Ore.), and Elena Smith (Seattle, Wash.). Arroyo, Davis, McLaughlin, Lassere, and Smith were also named to the team for cross-country and indoor track and field, with LaVeaga also named for cross-country.
The Redhawks also placed at least one freshman or transfer on each team for the WAC fall and winter sports that SU sponsors, including David Trimble (Yakima, Wash.) of men’s basketball, Kristin Stoffel (Mill Creek, Wash.) of women’s basketball, Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec, Canada), Kelly Beck (Tacoma, Wash.), and Julia Moravec (Spokane, Wash.) from women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving’s Stephanie Bayless (Spokane, Wash.), Jane Liggett (Portland, Ore.), and Allison McGavock (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), and volleyball’s McKenzie Daniels (Edmonds, Wash.) and Andi Lowrance (Phoenix, Ariz.).
Among full members of the Western Athletic Conference, with 56 honorees for spring sports, Seattle U had the second most honorees behind Utah State’s 57. Combined, in sports that Seattle U sponsors, the Redhawks finished second with 92 total honorees between spring sports, freshmen, and transfers, behind Utah State’s 105. In total, 381 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 362 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 743 student-athletes.
The mission of the Seattle University athletics department is to champion the holistic development of student-athletes, inspiring a vital and engaged campus community through the development and maintenance of a premier, nationally prominent NCAA Division I athletics program, in the spirit of the Jesuit tradition. Part of the mission in action is to create an athletic culture where student-athletes can realize balanced success in academics, in athletics and in all their collegiate pursuits and experiences.