Competing against Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opponent Grand Canyon University (GCU) away from home in Phoenix, Arizona, the Redhawks came away with two wins to bounce back from an early loss.
At the GCU Softball Field, the Redhawks started the night strong in the first of a three-game series. Senior Kaylee Ree, accompanied by Redshirt Sophomore Carly Nance, brought in early hits for the Redhawks. Sophomore Pitcher Shianne Smith limited the Lopes on offense early, but soon the hosts struck hard and gained eight runs in the fourth.
In the second game of the night, strong plays by Junior Madison Cathcart gave the Redhawks an early lead of 5-0. GCU slowly came back, but it was not enough. The final score was 6-3 favoring the Redhawks.
In the final matchup against GCU, the Redhawks secured another win and their first place standing within the WAC conference. A strong first inning translated to an early lead for the Redhawks, and Senior Andie Larkins held the Lopes off with two strikeouts in the seventh.
The Redhawks are now tied for the most Division I program record wins in a season with 33. The team, closer than ever to winning their first WAC regular season title, will face California Baptist at Logan Field on May 3-4.
Seattle University raced two boats in the 2019 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, hosted on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California.
A fifth-place finish by the Varsity 4+ boat followed by the Novice 8+ boat winning first was the highlight of the regatta for the Redhawks. After finishing fifth place in their heat, the team of eight improved their time by over 20 seconds to take the victory.
The team of Redhawks will conclude their season May 4 locally at the University of Washington, where they will partake in the 33rd Annual Windemere Cup.
Track & Field
Traveling South to Corvallis, Oregon, the Redhawks had a successful day at the Whyte Track and Field Center. With the regular season winding down, the Redhawks wasted no time in setting new seasonal and personal bests.
To kick off the meet, the 4×100- meter relay team composed of Junior Michelle Newblom, First-year Regie Grady, Redshirt Senior Caylah Lunning, and Sophomore Michaela Moore won the event in 47.75 and set a new school record by over 0.3 seconds.
Newblom continued her successes, setting a new personal record in the 100-meter hurdles and finishing third overall with an impressive, albeit wind-aided, time of 14.55. Moore also set a new personal record in the 100-meter dash, crossing with a time of 12.23.
The distances saw equal success, with Sophomore Rachel Kastama taking third in her heat of the 5000-meter run in 17:53.46.
The Redhawks will wrap up their regular season locally at the University of Washington’s Ken Shannon Invitational Saturday, May 4.
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