As part of a nationwide celebration for National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles recognized a Seattle University athlete and team this morning in Olympia, Wash. for their recent accomplishments.

Kohl-Welles read aloud Senate Resolution 8615, which applauded several local female athletes for their success in competition, including SU women’s swimming senior Kevlyn Richards and the Seattle U women’s basketball team. The resolution also honored the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.

In June 2012, Richards posted a qualifying time for the 2012 United States Olympic Trials at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. She qualified in the 100 meter breaststroke and advanced to the trials in Omaha, Neb. at the end of that same month. Also a strong student, earning back-to-back Academic All-MPSF honors, Richards is an exemplary example in the areas of both athletics and academics. Richards is also currently one of the team’s captains.

Seattle U women’s basketball had an unprecedented 2011-12 season, notching the first 20-win season as an NCAA Division I program, as well as their first NCAA Division I postseason appearance. Kacie Sowell recorded 18 double-doubles on the season and was named Independent Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and head coach Joan Bonvicini was named Independent Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. This season, the Redhawks have continued their success, remaining in the top two spots of the Western Athletic Conference standings and opening up their first WAC schedule with a seven-game winning streak. They strive to win the WAC Championship and make the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Women’s swimming will finish their season at the Western Athletic Conference Championships at the Palo Alto Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas on Feb. 27-Mar. 2. Women’s basketball has seven regular season games remaining, including five at home, with special mention to their Play 4Kay game Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. ( They will compete for the WAC Championship on Mar. 12-16 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

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