Puget Sound Crews Come Together for Spring Season Kickoff

Men’s Crew delivered on their high expectations during their third visit to American Lake in the 2018-2019 season.

Competing in five events at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational, Seattle U podiumed in four races against Western Washington University, University of Puget Sound, and PLU. The Redhawks’ Varsity 4+ took home top honors, crossing the line ahead of the next crew by over 40 meters. Locked in a dead heat with WWU for the first 1,000 meters, SU pulled out a canvas ahead before dropping the hammer with a high-rate final sprint.

In the eights races, SU came close to breaking the 7-minute mark, coming up just short with a 7:02.2 time. Two hours earlier, the Western Washington Vikings posted the fastest 2k of the day, coming in at 6:46.1, seven seconds ahead of the second place UPS Loggers.

While the PLU Invite has always been a “friendly” scrimmage for Puget Sound crews to get together, 2019 united the PNW in a whole new way. Despite being on the calendar for months, disaster almost kept Seattle U out of both eights races. While trailer loading, SU discovered a crack in the hull of their Pocock 8+, the Doug Short. A repair too severe to fix overnight (even with a roll of duct tape), Men’s Crew didn’t have many options to save their race day. Fortunately, the University of Puget Sound loaned the Seattle crew one of their eights on last minute notice.

The Redhawks headed back to the Emerald City with lots of gratitude, and a much better idea of their opponents speed as well. Seattle U will rematch with their PLU opponents and other west coast competitors at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Eugene, Oregon on April 6. Before then, however, SU will be facing off against the Purple and Gold in the Montlake Cut at the Husky Open regatta on March 30 in the Collegiate Men’s 4+ event.

SeattleU Triumphs at NW Indoor Rowing Championships

On January 26th, Seattle University Men’s Crew headed to Ergomania, the Northwest Indoor Rowing Championships. Hosted by the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, the event featured over 330 athletes and enthusiasts competing in a variety of races. Taking a day off from the water, the Redhawks won six medals across three events, including a sweep of the Men’s Open / Collegiate 2,000 meter race.

Nearly all varsity members of the Men’s Crew team were able to compete except for a few rowers (and two coxswains). Across the 2,000m events, five rowers were able to achieve a new personal best time. Junior oarsmen Tommy Dang and Derek Heath set the tone for the Redhawks on their first 2k of the season, notching the fastest in-team lightweight and heavyweight times.

NW Ergomania Results

Men’s Open 2k

Men’s Open Lightweight 2k

Men’s Open 500m Dash

Derek Heath      🥇

Alex Twist            🥇

Bobby Murray  🥇

Liam Connor     🥈

David O. Smith    🥈

Liam Connor     🥈

Bobby Murray   🥉

Tommy Dang      🥉

Chris Weber       🥉

Attendees at Ergomania weren’t the only ones to take notice of Seattle University’s impressive showing. Fat Ergos, one of the largest rowing accounts on Instagram, shared a photo of SU Junior Bobby Murray wearing his gold medal following the 500m Dash event. 

With the opening salvo of 2k racing season complete, the Redhawks turn their attention to the Pacific Lutheran University Invitational on March 9th at American Lake in Lakewood, WA. The regatta traditionally serves as a trial run for many of Seattle U’s racing lineups, as well as the first ever race for the novice rowers on Men’s Crew. The invite pits several Pacific Northwest colleges against each other in a friendly scrimmage, with PLU, University of Puget Sound, and Western Washington University among the most frequent competitors.

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

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.

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.