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 club_crew@seattleu.edu 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.

 

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 WWU Scrimmage

This weekend the men traveled up to Bellingham to compete against WWU on Whatcom Lake, WWU Men’s beautiful home course.

The novice men faced off against Western’s A and B boat, with Western’s A boat taking a quick and decisive lead on the field within the first few hundred meters, and staying out front the rest of the race. However, WWU’s B boat fought a losing battle with SU’s crew, with SU walking through Western’s B boat within the first thousand meters. The Redhawks also put up a strong fight in a V8+ against WWU, which was comprised of a mix of varsity and novice rowers. The novice and lightweight four+ races were cancelled due to increasing winds, but almost all the SU athletes were able to race.

Both teams are looking forward to seeing each other on the water this weekend, and at ACRAs, and were already talking about next year’s scrimmage.

2014 Covered Bridge Regatta

Congratulations to the M2- and MN4+ on first in the respective races! The MLWV4+ showed a strong finish, and the  MN8+ learned about breakage. They lost their steering cable in the start but the coxswain grabbed the rudder behind her and they amped it up to row their own race the rest of the way down. They made some distance back on Oregon, but Western and Oregon were impossibly far ahead to get fully back in the mix. They leave the course today disappointed at that last race but determined and hungry for our next chance to compete.

2014 Raptor Cup

Racing through the Fremont Ship Canal, the men’s team fielded a MLwt4+, MV4+, and two MN4+ against SPU.

The lightweight event saw SU ahead at the 1,000 meter mark, but the Redhawks were behind by the finish, with a time of 7:12.01 vs their 7:07.20.

Pulling in at the middle of the pack, the MV4+ placed second of three boats, with SPU(A) racing to a 6:42.52, SU at 7:14.70, and SPU(B) at 7:22.46.

The last race of the Raptor Cup was the MN4+ event, with SU taking second and third place against SPU. Times: SPU 7:19.55, SU 7:38.45, and SU 8:37.62.

2014 Daffodil Cup

Great races at American Lake, Lakewood, WA with the M2-, MV4+, and MN4+. Declan Connor-Boyle and Jacobe Sell set off the day strong in the M2-, and the MN4+ finished the day with equal power. The MLWV4+ pulled through the finish ahead of their other LW4+ competitor, WSU.

 

2014 Banquet- Thank You!

Thank you to all who came! It was a runaway success, with over 105 registered attendees! Tim provided a rousing speech, we dedicated the men’s racing pairs “The Enforcer” and the “Redhawk Rising,” and we had over forty alumni, family members, and friends of the program celebrate with the teams!