Redhawks Find New Home at Lake Union Crew Boathouse

Men’s Crew is on the move!

The Redhawks are proud to announce a partnership with Lake Union Crew as the new home of Seattle University Men’s Rowing for the 2018-2019 season.

Located on the shores of Lake Union with dock access that provides sweeping views of Gasworks park and downtown Seattle, LUC offers an array of amenities which will help usher in a new chapter of Redhawk rowing. In addition to serving as the shell house of SU Men’s Crew, LUC also contains a weightlifting, plyometrics, and yoga studio all within the confines of its’ Queen Anne facility. Lastly, a brand new erg room is scheduled to be completed before the start of the fall season.

Accessible via a 3.5-mile car or bike ride from the heart of Seattle University’s campus means shorter commutes and longer rowing sessions on the water, as well as the promise of year-round two-a-day practices for varsity.

The move marks an exciting new period of growth for Seattle U as the team looks to revamp its development strategy for both the varsity and novice programs. Head coach Nichole Martin, joined by new novice coach Lauran Woodward, is busy fine-tuning the schedule for the 2018-2019 season as SU Men’s Crew expects to double its varsity roster size to 16, taking full advantage of its spacious new home in the heart of rowing capital of the North West.

Men’s Crew Take Second and Fifth at National Championships

Competing in Gainesville, Georgia at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships (ACRAs), Seattle University Men’s Crew took second place in the Men’s Double Sculls and fifth in the Men’s Pair.

After a short, cross-continental flight from Seattle to Atlanta, stroke seat Kyle Seeberger and bow seat Ben Clarke outperformed 18 other collegiate crews from across the country, losing only to the University of Delaware. As a current senior, Sunday’s grand final was Seeberger’s last race with the Redhawks after three distinguished seasons with the team, including a first-place finish at ACRAs in 2015.

In the Men’s Pair, sophomores Bobby Murray and Derek Heath finished fifth in a field of 25, which had been whittled down to eight schools by the end of the regatta. For both rowers, it was the conclusion of their first varsity season having only started rowing in the fall of 2016.

For the Double and the Pair, the strong showing at nationals was a continuation of their success at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (WIRAs). Taking place one month prior, Seattle U duked it out with the crew from UCLA, swapping first and second place finishes while other colleges competed for bronze. In the men’s pair, Murray and Heath took home silver after finishing 0.9 seconds behind the first-place Bruins. The double, meanwhile, won gold by open water despite competing as lightweights in an openweight event. It was a historic performance for Men’s Crew, marking the first time the team has ever medaled in multiple events at WIRAs.


With 2018 racing in the books, the Redhawks now turn their attention to next season. The varsity team, whose 2018-2019 roster has just been announced, will resume regular season training in September and get right to work with two-weeks of intense workouts to shake off the summer rust. In the meantime, head coach Nichole Martin and select members of the varsity squad will be attending Seattle University’s “Summer in Seattle” events to begin early recruitment for the novice team.

Men’s Crew is incredibly excited for the upcoming year, and we can’t wait to continue developing some of best collegiate rowers on the west coast.

Meet the Crew: 2017-2018

It’s been almost four months since Seattle University Men’s Rowing was last in action, but with the first scrimmage of the season planned for September 10th, Crew is back!

Returning Varsity members include Kyle Seeberger, Jay Gooding, and Ben Clarke. Making their Varsity debut this year will be Derek Heath, Bobby Murray, Wes McMillan, Marlon Basco, Paul Goo, and Ryan Thelin.

With Head Coach Nicole Martin at the helm, Men’s Crew is looking to defend their reputation as one of the premier Lightweight Varsity 4 Crews in the nation after taking fourth place at the 2017 ACRAs. Additionally, with success at the Covered Bridge Regatta, WIRAs, and the Windermere Cup, the Redhawks are looking to improve their standing in other events as well.

Recruitment for Matt Oclander’s Novice Team begins in earnest during welcome week, which runs from the 17th to the 23rd. During that time, rowers will help freshmen move into their dorms and run sign-up events around campus with the Women’s Crew team. As always, Men’s Crew will also be at the Seattle University Club Fair later in Fall Quarter. If students see a member of the Crew team, they are more than encouraged to ask questions, such as:

What is rowing like?

When are practices?

Does the Crew team have a dog? (Yes.)

No experience is needed for the novice team, and if you can’t wait until welcome week or the club fair, email to express your interest in rowing or to ask questions.

Go Hawks!

New Head Coach Martin Ready for Exciting Year

After a busy offseason, Seattle University Men’s Crew is happy to announce Nichole Martin will be helming the coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season.

Serving as the Men’s Novice Team coach since 2015, Martin is well versed with rowing in the state of Washington. A varsity coxswain while a student at Washington State University, Martin now balances her time between Seattle U and Lake Union Crew, where she oversees their Master’s program.

Martin will be taking over the role from Aidan Hennessey, who stepped down from Varsity Head Coach after two years. Hennessey played an indispensable role in growing Seattle U Men’s Crew, an effort which culminated in a fourth-place finish in the Men’s Lightweight Varsity 4 at the 2017 ACRAs.

On transitioning to Varsity, Martin beamed, “I am so excited to be able to coach [these] guys as varsity. We have some speed on this team; I can’t wait to see what we can do this year.”

Continuing a tradition started in seasons past, Martin plans to have the Varsity team participate in mixed workouts with the Novice Team at least once a week. These practices not only give the teams a chance to interact but also for the Novice to see experienced rowers in action as they learn the basics of the sport.

Staying in-house to fill the role of head coach has been a huge boon for Men’s Crew, and Martin, as well as the rest of the team, are eager see where the year will take them.


Coming into 2016 Hungry to Win

We checked in with the Seattle University Men’s Crew team to see how the fall season went and what is on the horizon for the team’s 2016 run.

Head Coach Aidan Hennessey describes the fall season as “productive and focused.” He has the team training hard both on the land for fitness and on the water for technical proficiency. Improvements are being steadily gained.

V4 Fall 2015

On the novice side of things, coach Nichole Martin is developing the university’s largest novice men’s team in recent history. She sees this as a major opportunity, commenting that with such high numbers, she has many options for boats to compete in—two 8+s, or a lightweight 4+ and novice 4+.

Novice 8 Fall 2015

As we turn the corner into the new year, the team is ready to put in the training time during winter quarter. When asked to describe the team this year in one word, Club President, Matt Sneed, said “Hungry…I have never seen a higher desire to win than I have this year with the varsity rowers. They are putting in a lot of extra work outside of practice and it is paying off, but no matter how much they improve, they are constantly wanting more.”

Coach Hennessey will fuel that hunger with a focus on pairs, pieces, and meters. Coach Martin will have the novices focusing on slide control, clean bladework, and flexibility.

How do these rowers put in all the time, energy, sweat, and blood on top of their lives as collegiate students? Sophomore novice RJ Ollie, already feels the deep bond that rowing can create. Looking back on his first quarter of rowing, RJ recalls, “As the days turned into weeks, we not only began to improve on the water, but there developed a sense of teamwork. A sense of belong­ing. We began to view each other not simply as the person in front of or behind us in the boat, but rather as family.”

Novice crew fall 2015

Looking ahead to the spring racing season, it’s tempting to daydream about what might be on the horizon. Coach Hennessey stays true to the process and the present, affirming that “what we do this winter will determine how well we do this spring.”

Thanks for keeping up with the Men’s Crew Team here at Seattle University. If you’d like to make a donation, please see this page for more information.

Need a song to inspire your own winter workout? President Sneed recommends one of his erging favorites—Run This Town, by Jay-Z.





By: Morgan Frost, December 2015

SU Men’s Crew Gear Website 2015

For the first time, SU Men’s Crew will be opening a web store to purchase gear for any team-members, alumni, family, and friends that would like to represent the team. The store will remain open until December 14th to purchase gear that should be processed, ordered, and received around February for all to show off. Just follow the link over to the store and grab some gear to show off for the 2015 season!

2011 SU Logo Final

Welcome Nichole as Novice Coach!

Seattle University Men’s Crew welcomes Nichole Martin as the new head Novice Coach.

Nichole first heard about rowing from her older brother who was a lightweight at Washington State University. Talent for the sport runs in her blood, as Nichole soon became a successful rower and coxswain herself. She rowed as a lightweight rower and also coxed for Pacific Lutheran University. Nichole earned the Men’s Varsity 8+ coxswain position at WSU and took them to a gold medal finish at WIRAs and a bronze medal at ACRAs in 2015. Nichole has coaching experience with the Palouse Rowing Masters program.

Today Nichole continues to cox in the mornings for the Lake Union Crew Men’s Nationally Competitive Team, and as we publish this post she is in Boston as coxswain for the 3rd year in a row for a LUC Men’s Head of the Charles boat.

The 2015-2016 Seattle University team is excited to welcome Nichole on board. We currently have the largest novice team we have seen in years, and Nichole sees huge potential, saying she is “so excited to see what kind of speed we can put out there this season! ”


Nichole pic

New Head Coach

Please welcome our new Head Coach, Aidan Hennessey. Aidan rowed for the University of Minnesota Men’s Crew and has been coaching in the Pacific Northwest ever since. He has coached rowers at many levels: kinder rowers, junior rowers, and masters rowers. We are excited to have him back at the collegiate level for a competitive upcoming year!

2014 WIRA’s

This weekend, SU Men’s Crew had the pleasure of travelling to Lake Natoma in California for WIRA’s.

Congratulations to Jacobe Sell and Declan Connor-Boyle for coming in third at grand finals in the men’s pair!  The men’s lightweight 4+ and men’s novice 8+ fought a strong race, pulling into third and fifth in petite finals, respectively.