Sports Week in Review Oct. 18-24

Men’s and Women’s Swimming 

The Seattle University Men’s and Women’s Swimming team headed to Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 21-23 for a three-day weekend meet.  

The Women’s team enjoyed success on the first day, finishing with ten event titles against San Diego State University. The Men’s team earned four second-place finishes against California Baptist University. 

On the second day, the Redhawks faced Loyola Marymount University, San Diego State University and Grand Canyon University. Freshman Cole Lanting came in second in the 200 yard individual medley,  with a time of 1:55.56. The 1650 yard freestyle proved to be a strong event for the Redhawks as Senior Juan Varela took first place(16:49.22) and Junior Justin Kalugin finished third (​​16:54.02) for the Men’s team. In the women’s 1650 freestyle, Sophomore Manna Nelson touched the linefirst (18:39.69) and Junior Michaela Day finished second (18:48.21) against LMU. 

On the last day of the meet, Seattle U continued their success. Sophomore Michael Luna took second in the Men’s 500 yd Freestyle (4:46.59) and Junior Will Corona placed third in the 400 yard individual medley (4:09.23). 

Freshman Sammy Mosier took home six individual titles and one team title in the 400 yd Freestyle Relay. Junior Danika Himes won four individual races and Freshman Lydia Genson scored third place victories in the 100 yard and 200 yard Backstroke. 

The Seattle U Women’s team races against the University of Idaho Nov. 6. The Men’s team faces the University of Puget Sound Nov. 13. Both competitions will take place in the Redhawk Center.  

Men’s Soccer

Despite carrying the momentum of four wins in their last five games, the Seattle U Men’s Soccer team dropped their first game in Texas to Incarnate Word Oct. 22.

The Redhawks looked to rebound from their loss Oct. 24 against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The team won a thrilling 3-2 match with goals from Graduate Student Noe Meza, Junior James Morris and Senior Hal Uderitz.

The Redhawks took control first, scoring in the first two minutes. Meza scored after a cross from Senior Alex Acton-Petronotis. Assists came from Sophomore Levonte Johnson and Junior Declan McGlynn in the build up for Morris’ second goal to increase the lead in the 24th minute. 

UTRGV came back in the second half with Michael Washington scoring in the 56th minute. The Redhawks battled back as Udertiz scored from the penalty spot in the 65th minute to cement the Redhawks’ lead and give them the eventual victory. 

In the 70th minute, UTRGV’s Jan Engels scored to bring the game within a one goal margin, but Senior Akili Kasim’s save in the 77th minute maintained the lead for the Redhawks. 

The Redhawks return home to face Houston Baptist University Oct. 29 and Chicago State Oct. 31.

Women’s Volleyball 

The Seattle U’s Women’s Volleyball team fell in five sets (26-28, 25-13, 18-25, 20-25) against UTRGV Oct. 22, for their ninth consecutive match loss. 

The Redhawks rebounded in their next game, finally snapping their losing streak with a come-from-behind victory in four sets, winning 20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19, against Lunar University. 

The Redhawks will host their final home games of the season against Grand Canyon University Oct. 28 and New Mexico State University Oct. 30. 

Women’s Tennis 

Seattle U’s Women’s Tennis headed to California for the ITA Regional Championships to conclude their tournament schedule.

Featured in the singles draw were Freshmen Jade Quintana, Elena Kraleva and Liliya Dimov. No Redhawks progressed beyond the first round with Quintana falling (0-6, 1-6) to Stanford’s Niluka Madurawe, Kraleva (0-6, 2-6) against San Francisco’s Caragh Courtney, and Dimova (3-6, 4-6) against Oregon’s Allison Mulville.

Kraleva earned a (6-2, 6-2) victory over Cal Poly’s Laura Bente, while Dimova would lose a tough battle against San Francisco’s Chiho Mushika, (7-5, 2-6, 4-10). 

In the doubles draw, the pair of Dimova and Kraleva lost in their opening match (2-6).

The next match for the Women’s Tennis team will take place Jan. 16 against Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Women’s Soccer 

The Seattle University Women’s Soccer team lost to Utah Valley University Oct. 21 in a frustrating 2-0 defeat despite the Redhawks outshooting their opponents 10-8.

The Redhawks took on Dixie State University Oct. 23 in their second straight away game. Unfortunately, the Women’s team lost in a narrow 1-2 game. 

Dixie State opened the scoring early in the first half with a goal in the 13th minute. However, Junior Hailee Rasmussen responded with a goal of her own, following an assist from Freshman Jolie St Louis in the 28th minute. 

The Seattle U Women’s Soccer team held possession of the ball for the majority of the second half, but were unable to translate that into goals. Junior goalkeeper Jessica Berlin highlighted the team with four saves, but conceded a costly second goal in the 65th minute that would ultimately seal the defeat.  

The women will play their final WAC game of the season against California Baptist at  Championship Field Oct. 30.