College of Arts and Sciences
Sport and Exercise Science


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    Arthur Ancheta

    I've been a military brat my whole life so I have lived all around the world. But I now reside in DuPont, Washington. Throughout my K-12 years I've participated in basketball, soccer, football, track & field, and tennis. Along with those variety of sports came injuries and I did spend alot of time recovering and receiving treatment in my high school's athletic training room where I learned a lot.  I've always been fascinated by the body's ability to heal itself and how athletes are able to push themselves beyond their physical limits. The more active I became, the more I wanted to learn about how to improve performance. When I began strength training I also started to research things like protein intake and how to go about lifting, how often I should be doing certain exercises, and what happens during the recovery process after a workout. The science behind track & field specifically the art and biomechanics of sprinting has also intrigued me for a long time. My interest in the field of Sports & Exercise Science grew even more when I took a Sports Medicine class during my junior where I learned  about treating sports injuries, how to tape ankles, and anatomy. I also shadowed a physical therapist the following summer and by then I knew that was the career for me. I hope to use my SPEX degree towards attending PT school.


    Robeil Andebrhan

    I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I grew up playing basketball and soccer. My father's great interest in soccer had a big influence on me, so that became my favorite sport. I was also introduced to Track and Field my sophomore year at Stuart Hall High School. My passion to pursue Sports and Exercise Science originated from being known as the guy who always got injured. I've been through the obstacles of injuries like a concussion, broken nose, torn ligament in my thumb, and many more. The majority of my injuries came during soccer season. I spent countless hours in the ER and with the physical trainer. I am thankful for all the help that I got from the trainer, so I decided that I wanted to do the same thing. I want to become a physical trainer, and I hope to fulfill my dream here at SU.


    Griffin Andreychuk 

    I am from Nanaimo, BC, Canada.  I have grown up in a sports family where I played hockey, baseball and soccer. I took on baseball as my true passion as I am playing on the baseball team here at Seattle University. I am interested in this program to advance my knowledge, and with that I will further my passion within sports through becoming a chiropractor.  


    Meghan Arigo

    I was born in San Luis Obispo, California and attended San Luis Obispo High School. I have been involved in sports as long as I can remember including; soccer, softball, dance and snowboarding.  It was only in high school I began run cross country and track. I have enjoyed and am excited to continue to run both cross country and track for Seattle U. I choose Sports and Exercise Science because the program gives me the opportunity to gain vial, yet practical experience in a field that will allow me to help others.


    Gus Arroyo

    I was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico for a significant part of my life. I moved to Portland, Oregon with my family at the age of 10 where I attended Floyd Light Middle School and David Douglas High School. At David Douglas High, I discovered my passion for running after competing in track my freshman year and simply fell in love with the sport. I ran cross country and track the following 3 years of high school and became a member of the Troutdale Track Club. I graduated from high school as Valedictorian and Leader of the Year with other academic, service, and athletic awards and forms of recognition. With running being my biggest passion and such significant part of my life, I am an active member of the Seattle University Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I want to graduate with valuable and practical skills, knowledge in the field of sports, and a great professional network, to pursue a graduate education in Kinesiology and Bio-mechanics and be able to one day work at one of the nation's leading running companies. It is my dream to motivate people to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps them running longer, faster, and happier. 


    Mackenzie Bannister

    I was born in Seattle, WA and at the age of four moved to Ramstein Air Base in Germany where I spent the fourteen years leading up to college. I played basketball and soccer in my younger years and added volleyball in high school where I played a sport 11 out of 12 seasons. Seeing sports were always a key aspect in my life and anatomy was my favorite class in HS I knew SPEX was the major for me. After graduating from SU with a BS I hope to attend medical school and hopefully use my extensive knowledge of anatomy to decide which field I will pursue. 


    Liz Barnum

    I grew up in Medford, OR and attended St. Mary's High School. I've always been very active in sports and outdoor activities growing up and I continue to find joy and fulfillment in participating in them today. I played basketball through elementary school to sophomore year in high school, soccer from kindergarten through senior year of high school, and track from middle school to sophomore year in high school.  I have also enjoyed getting up to the mountain during the winter time to snowboard. Spring and summer are great for hiking and water activities, my favorites are swimming, wakeboarding, and white-water rafting. I also enjoy trying new things like dance classes, rock climbing, and yoga. I declared as a Sports and Exercise Science major at the end of my sophomore year because I've always been interested in health and wellness- specifically, nutrition and physical therapy.  I look forward to continuing my knowledge, experience, and development into this major and one day hope to help others achieve their highest potential of health and well-being.   


    Kate Bohn

    I grew up on Vashon Island, loving sports and playing varsity sports all through my high school career.  During high school I also worked as an assistant to a physical therapist after school and became very interested in the rehabilitation of muscles and helping people. I took several years between high school and attending Seattle University in which I went to Arizona and became a Personal Trainer.  After getting my PT certifications I came back to Seattle and opened and owned my own fitness clubs for 5 years.  I loved everything about fitness and helping people of every size and shape attain their goals whether it being to lose weight, gain muscle or just live a healthier lifestyle.  I sold my clubs to start a family but have missed working with in the health and fitness industry and decided that it was time to go back and get my degree in Sports and Exercise Science.  I chose Seattle University, because I not only love Seattle but the program offered everything that I am interested in and love.  I'm the most happy when I can be outside and doing something active, whether it means playing sports, going for a hike or a running stairs! 


    Holder Bucher 

    My whole life I have been fascinated by sports. I am from Tacoma, Washington and have lived here my whole life. Throughout middle school and junior high I played several years of basketball, football, and tennis. In high school I drastically injured my knee in tennis and I never was able to play for my high school's team except for one year bowling where we got 4th place in state. The past couple years I have been playing recreational sports and I absolutely love to watch sports. Being from Washington, I love the city of Seattle, so I chose to come to Seattle University. After a year of classes I decided Sports & Exercise Science would better help me follow my passion for sports. I am a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and the Seattle Sounders. I hope one day that I can be a part of one of those organizations.


    Brian Cadiz

    I am from the small island of Guam where I attended Father Duenas Memorial School (FDMS). Sports, mainly soccer, has always been a big part of my life. Being a part of Guam's Mens  and Youth National Teams has blessed me with the opportunity to travel all over Asia (Vietnam, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) to compete in tournaments. During my years in high school I participated in the student government, NHS, and various clubs. In addition, our school varsity soccer team enjoyed much success, placing among the top 3 teams for two years and winning two championships in my two other years. Naturally, I would wanted to study a subject closely related to the sports. Hence, my interest in sports and exercise science. After undergraduate school, I plan to further my education and enter into physical therapy. 


    Brock Carpenter

    I am from Milton, Washington and went to Fife High School.  Sports have been a huge part of my life since I could walk, which is part of why being a SPEX major interested me.  I played basketball and baseball all through high school and was recruited to play baseball for SU which brought me here.  After my playing days are over I hope to become a physical therapist or get into Kinesiology or sports medicine.


    Maddie Chamberlin 

    I have lived in Washington my whole life. I graduated from Lakewood High School (not Tacoma) and attended Edmonds Community College for two years. I played for the women's soccer program and EDCC, but have chosen to not pursue my soccer career any further. I decided to transfer to SU because of the SPEX program offered and the core values of the college. I have chosen SPEX because I've been athletic my entire life and would like to have a career where I can possibly work with athletes. I love the topic of fitness and it is truly my passion. I'm interested in specifically working with injured athletes. I tore my ACL playing soccer a couple years ago and went through extensive physical therapy, which I actually loved.


    Michael Chan

    I was born in Seattle, WA, but moved around the world throughout my life.  I’ve lived in Hong Kong 9 years where I swam and ran Track and Field for almost 7 years and 3 years respectively.  My family then moved to Shanghai, China, where I attended HS, there I was on the Varsity swim team during my freshman year.   I soon learned how to play basketball and chose basketball over swimming, and was able to play Varsity basketball for the remainder of my HS career.  Finally during my senior year, I tried out for the Varsity Track and Field program; and by the end of the season, I was named most valuable athlete for my school, and breaking multiple records in sprints and the triple jump. 
    I decided to be a part of the SU SPEX program because it was a unique way of exploring something I’m passionate about.  I am especially interested in how determination and drive can push someone beyond what their limits.  I intend to attain my BA in SPEX, and someday teach as a HS teacher/HS basketball coach. 


    Nikita Cheema

    Growing up I was encouraged to participate in every sport that I could including: swimming, soccer, softball, dance, and karate, just to name a few. As I participated in athletics, I was always prone to injuries, whether that be to my back, shoulders, or knees. These injuries lead to receiving Chiropractic treatment, where my passion for Chiropractic unintentionally occurred. The practice of being able to provide therapy with my own two hands, by correcting subluxations on the spine, allowing the body to self-heal was fascinating! The confirmation of my career choice was reinforced during my time as an Exercise Specialist at an Integrated Wellness Clinic, where I was able to assist in the examination of injuries, provide therapy support, while administering modalities. After I graduate from Seattle University, I am excited to pursue a degree in Chiropractic at Palmer West, in San Jose. 


     Patti Chew

    I grew up in Mercer Island, Washington and attended Mercer Island High School. Sports have been a huge part of my life. From the age of four, I have been involved in several sports such as gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and softball. I have to admit that being part of all these sports took a huge toll on my body. After about eight years of gymnastics, I developed a stress fracture that ended my gymnastics career. Through that injury, I had to go to physical therapy. From then on, I have been interested in sports medicine. Although I stopped gymnastics, I was able to play soccer, basketball, and softball at a varsity level for my high school. With my degree in SPEX, I am able to continue with a passion of mine as well as pursuing physical therapy as a career.


    Desiree Collins 

    Growing up in Tacoma, Washington, I participated in many physical activities ranging from dance to volleyball. Being active and enjoying life is a big part of who I am therefore I have decided to pursue a career that accompanies my passion for athletics. With my degree, I plan to pursue a career in athletic training. 


    Declan Connor-Boyle

    I was born in Belfast, Ireland and moved to Shoreline, Washington in 1996. I attended Shorewood High School where I played 3rd base on the baseball team. I also played for a select soccer club as a midfielder. I am always up for a new athletic challenge which was a reason why I joined the Crew team at Seattle U. I enjoy competing as a team and training to be the best athlete I can. I want to continue to stay involved with athletics and fitness throughout the duration of my career while focusing on the treatment and prevention of injuries


    Aris Coover

    I grew up just outside Seattle in a small suburban area called Bellevue and have lived there my entire life.  I went to Newport High School and while attending i was a four-year letter winner in soccer as well a two-year letter winner in waterpolo and a one-year letter winner in basketball. As soccer was what i was truly passionate for, I decided to continue my soccer career and start up at Seattle U as a goalkeeper.  All my life i have been extremely active and played just about every sport, even baseball.  By getting involved in the Sports and Exercise Science program at SU, I can put my passion for soccer and other sports to use through my education.  I hope to learn a lot and use what i have learned in this program to help better the lives of other people. 


    Sydney Dale 

    I was born and raised in Tri-Cities, Washington and attended Hanford High School. I took my first ballet class when I was five years old, and continued training until I graduated high school with hopes of dancing professionally. Dance training can be extremely demanding; a valuable takeaway has been learning about the incredible abilities of the body. Dancers physically train much like athletes and through the years I have been in-and-out of physical therapy offices with various injuries. These experiences have pushed me to pursue a career in physical therapy. In addition to having a passion for dance, I have always been a huge sports fan, and love cheering on the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners. 


    Noel De Leone

    Having grown up in Oregon, I have always had a love for the outdoors and outdoor activity. Starting in middle school, I began to love sports. Throughout high school I played volleyball and tennis, learning both the importance of teamwork and of individual hard work an effort. I went to USD my first year, but transferred to Seattle U due to its strong Sports and Exercise Science Program and to the overall community emphasis in Seattle on health and wellness. Here at Seattle U I play club volleyball and am active as often as possible. I hope to go to medical school after graduating and pursue a career in preventative medicine. Nutrition, physical exercise, and mental health are all components that I believe cultivate a healthy and long life.


     Molly Deleon

    I grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington where I attended Oak Harbor High School. I have always been very active in sports. I started playing basketball at the age of six and continued playing throughout my life until graduating from High School. Although I participated in a broad range of sports my main focus was basketball and tennis, which I played at a varsity level in High School. During my senior year I tore my ACL while playing basketball, this injury ended my athletic career far too soon. I had to undergo weeks of physical therapy, which helped me regain the strength and stability in my knee. Because of my therapy I became very interested in the process of helping others recover through rehabilitation, this experience gave me the idea of possibly attaining a career as a physical therapist. After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in SPEX I plan on possibly attending PT school.


     Nick Derstine

    I grew up in Tucson, Arizona. In high school I swam varsity all four years. My hobbies include playing basketball, strength training, backpacking, fly-fishing, and skiing and snowboarding. After graduating high school I worked at as a ski lift operator in Telluride, Colorado for two winters where I got to snowboard everyday and make some awesome friends. I decided to study Sports and Exercise Science at Seattle U so that I could understand more about how the human body works and because I believe in the importance of health and fitness for achieving a high quality of life. That said, I still have no idea what I want to do for a career after graduation, but I am looking forward to learning more about what my options are and am excited to figure it out.


     Zac Downey

    I chose the Sports and Exercise Program at Seattle U because of how big of an impact sports have had on my life, and more specifically soccer. Since I was about 5 years old, I have been playing soccer and it has become a passion of mine that I will not let go of. After going through some injuries of my own and having to go to physical therapy, I became intrigued with the process and wanted to learn more about it. Once I saw the program that Seattle U had to offer I knew it was the right fit for me.


    Madison Engel

    I grew up enamored by athleticism in a Seattle suburb called Woodinville. I have participated in a multitude of sports throughout my life including rock climbing, diving, skiing, and gymnastics. Woodinville High School athletics became my most influential physical outlet and gave me the opportunity to compete in multiple, high level, state-wide competitions in both diving and gymnastics. My participation in such high risk sports resulted in various injuries that forced me into many traditional doctor offices as well as massage therapy and physical therapy clinics. Chronic injuries lead to ten years of intensive physical therapy in which my physical therapist and I built a personalized action plan to get my body back to its full potential. Through joint dedication, I recovered from potential career ending injuries and was able to go on to place 4th in the state in the Washington State Gymnastics Championships the winter of my senior year of high school. Whereas most traditional doctors told me the only solution was to quit gymnastics, my physical therapist worked with me to help heal my body so that I could still pursue my dream. With that experience in mind, I was inspired to apply to Seattle University as a SPEX major and hope to continue onto Physical Therapy school post-grad so that I can positively impact a life the way mine was a short ten years ago.


    Mary Farrrell

    I was raised in Vancouver, Washington and attended Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon.  I ran varsity Cross Country for four years and was team captain my junior and senior year. I've always loved running as I find it a major stress reliever.  I applied to SU as a Social Work major, but after shadowing an Occupational Therapist last summer, I decided to switch my major.  I plan to continue on to graduate school to become an OT.  However, the nutritional aspect of SPEX interests me too so I plan to explore that option as well.  Most importantly I want to use my degree to help people maintain positive, healthy lifestyles.


    Hayley Fawthrop

    I grew up in Orange County, California. Since I was four I've dedicated my life to classical ballet. Back in Orange County I danced at Anaheim Ballet, and during the few years I lived in Seattle when I was younger, I danced at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Before I became consumed by ballet, I would go out surfing, and play tennis and go swimming at the club. Now that I'm dancing less, I enjoy going to yoga and the gym. I became interested in pursuing a career in sports and exercise after witnessing and experiencing all the health problems associated with the dance world. I look forward to diving into the health field, and I'm excited to see where it will take me.


    Tyler Flannery

    I was born in Renton, WA and lived in Auburn, WA for eighteen years of my life. I graduated from Auburn Senior High School at the top of my class while participating in cross country, track, and wresting. I currently run for the SU Cross Country and Track team. I have always enjoyed running for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't till high school that I found the joy and inspiration that it has on me today. For this reason, I choose Sports and Exercise Science because the program gives me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming a college coach, while testing professional athletes in the lab.


    Mikayla Fletcher

    I grew up in the Seattle area and attended Mercer Island High School. I spent my first year of college at San Diego State University studying Kinesiology before I transferred to Seattle U. I started swimming at a young age, and swam competitively for about 14 years for various club teams as well as my high school team. In high school, I discovered water polo, and have been in love ever since. I played for the SDSU club team and currently play water polo with Seattle U. I am fascinated by sport psychology, and how sport affects us socially, emotionally and spiritually. After graduating from SU, I am looking forward to a graduate degree in Sport Psychology. 


    Dara Fong

    I grew up in San Francisco, California and attended George Washington High School.  I began playing basketball in elementary school for a club team and in high school I played on my school's varsity basketball team from sophomore through senior year.  Playing basketball was a huge part of my life.  I met many good friends and have many precious memories from games and tournaments.  I am excited to major in Sports and Exercise so I can learn how to help people suffering from a physical injury and enable them to continue to lead healthy, or even healthier, lives than they were before.


    Parker Funai

    I was born and raised in Bothell, Washington were I attended Woodinville High School.  Growing up, I played a variety of sports including baseball throughout my high school years, basketball, golf and football.  After sustaining a good amount of injuries during baseball season that ended with a knee injury during my junior year of high school, I came to realize the importance of athletic training and physical therapy.  Upon graduating high school, I wanted to stay in the Pacific Northwest and decided to attend Seattle University.  During my freshman year, I switched between Mechanical Engineering and Environment Science, but it wasn't until the start of my sophomore year when I decided to pursue a degree in Sports and Exercise Science.  My ideal career would be working for a sports nutrition company or an athletic trainer for a pro sports team.


    Alison Gertler

    I grew up in Snohomish, Washington where I attended Glacier Peak High School. I was a four year letter winner in cross country and ran track my senior year. Throughout my high school career I dealt with many running related injuries including shin splints, chronic compartment syndrome, and tendonitis along with iron deficiency anemia. After extensive physical therapy I became interested in the healing process of the body and how the correct exercises can be used to manage and prevent injuries. The Sport and Exercise Science program at Seattle U fits my interests perfectly. After graduating from the SPEX program I plan on continuing my education to become a physical therapist.


    Lara Giannelli

    I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. I have played sports for as long as I can remember. I played both Soccer and Lacrosse. Three years ago, I injured my leg playing Lacrosse and had to go to a Physical Therapist. I had Ultra Sound therapy done on my hip and upper leg, in addition to doing strengthening exercises. Within a couple of weeks the pain had gone away, and I no longer had problems running or doing other exercises like I did before. Ever since then I have been interested in studying to become a Physical Therapist and help other people who have experienced various injuries.  


    Chelsea Gibson

    I was born and raised in the beautiful outdoors of Boulder, Colorado. At a young age, I was surrounded with activities encouraging a healthy and fitness-oriented lifestyle. I began competitively Scottish Dancing at age 5 and years later turned this passion into teaching dance. After high school, I moved to Seattle to pursue a degree in Sport and Exercise Science where I found my calling for the medical field. I started teaching fitness classes at Pure Barre, a Barre studio specializing in Pilates, yoga, and dance fusion classes. Through this I discovered a love for teaching fitness, and hope to continue to teach other forms of fitness. Motivating others to challenge themselves mentally and physically while being aware of their body is my true passion. After getting into a bike accident in early 2012, I began seeing a chiropractor and massage therapist for my injuries in my neck and spine. Little did I know this was what I was made to do. I love the biological and philosophical aspects of chiropractic and healing from the inside out. After graduation I will pursue a Doctorate of Chiropractic.


    Alec Goodrie

    I grew up in Springfield, Oregon and attended Thurston High School. Growing up I played a variety of sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball. In high school I chose volleyball as my main sport. I love the fast paced energy that the sport brings. I have always loved sports and have always been interested in the human body, so when I chose Seattle University, the Sports and Exercise Science major was exactly what I wanted. It wasn't until after my freshmen year that I realized what I wanted to do. I went to an athletic gym back home that worked with high school and college athletes along with adults. I was taught how important it was to take care of your body and how to do that. From then on I have been motivated to do the same thing. I think it is important to help people be their best selves by being healthy. 


    Nick Herrington

    I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and lived there for the first 14 years of my life. After that I moved to Seattle and fell in love with the city. Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and I have greatly benefited from participating in so many through my life. From seeing the benefits of teamwork playing football as a child or the discipline that was taught to me through learning mixed martial arts as an adult, sports have made me a better overall person. Once it came time to choose what I wanted in a career, I knew that sports/exercise would have to be part of that. With my SPEX degree I plan to pursue a masters in Sports Administration and Leadership to hopefully get a job with the Washington State Athletic Commission  overseeing all kinds of sports in this great state of ours.


    Heather Higashi

    I was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Throughout my childhood, I participated in gymnastics and dance.  A stress fracture in my back caused me to quit these sports and take up volleyball. I participated in club volleyball for five years and played on the high school team for four.  I also pole vaulted on the track and field team for two years.  Being active in sports pushed me to become active in school, I was corresponding secretary of Mililani High School's class of 2012, a member of the key club, helping out our youth club, and national honor society, and one of the school's valedictorians. I have always had a passion towards working with people and helping them to overcome obstacles. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a sports medicine/physical therapy clinic where I really got hands on experience of what the job was like. The Sport and Exercise Science major will allow me to pursue my dreams of becoming a physical therapist. After graduation, I plan to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and work as a pediatric physical therapist.

    Coleen Holloway

    Coleen Holloway

    I grew up in San Diego, CA and spent most of my summers in the waves and occasionally skateboarding or riding BMX bikes. I was never a child athlete, and became quite the expert at avoiding P.E. and team sports in school, preferring music and late nights spent seeing live bands. After moving to Seattle and later Chicago, IL the long dreary winters left me in need of an outlet and mental escape and I found nothing else centered me like running long distance. Summers still allowed me to skate, but having never been particularly gifted as an athlete I fell often and hard. I broke my femur skateboarding and had a very demanding and complicated recovery. My team of surgeons and rehab professionals suggested I would not be strong enough to enjoy anything high impact anymore, but after going home to sunny San Diego to fully heal I came back and hit the roads even harder, adding minutes and hours and miles on my feet--the physical and mental challenge helped motivate me to recover in better shape than before the accident, coming back from a major injury altered my outlook and changed my path in life substantially. Although I have since left my skateboard behind me, I love running the local trails here and enjoy the occasional half marathon. During the week: heavy lifting, CrossFit, and playing outdoors with with my dogs are some of my happiest times. Discovering a love of endurance activities and training hard has been a transformative experience. The potential of the human body to endure and perform fascinates me completely. I intend to finish SPEX and continue with an advanced degree, perhaps in Sports Psychology so that I can coach at the amateur, collegiate and professional level. 


    Lauren Ikeda

    I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  As a kid I was involved in a lot of activities such as soccer, swimming, tennis and ballet.  Out of all of those activities I fell in love with tennis.  So ever since the third grade I have been playing tennis either on a team, for school, or just for fun. Initially when I attended Seattle University I was going to major in Civil Engineering but I could not see myself being an engineer for the rest of my life.  So when I trying to decide on a new major, my grandma had another stroke and went to a rehabilitation hospital.  And from that point on I knew that I wanted to become an occupational therapist because I always had a passion to help others.  So after I graduate from Seattle University with my SPEX degree, I will earn my graduate degree as an occupational therapist to help others get back to their everyday lifestyle.


    Aaron Jo

    I grew up In Sammamish WA attending Eastlake High School, before moving to the city of Redmond. Playing sports has been a big part of my life, I played football and lacrosse in high school. In addition to playing sports I enjoy watching them and following my favorite college football teams and the NFL. I chose to come to Seattle U because of their location and unique opportunities offered here. I am also part of the Army ROTC program at Seattle U. Being active all my life I have seen plenty of injuries and want to learn more about them, and how to prevent/rehab them. So SPEX caught my interest. I don't know exactly what my plans are after school but I am sure Seattle U and the Army will give me plenty of options to choose from.


    Aisha Jones 

    I was born and raised on the island of Maui, Hawaii and attended Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus. I've played basketball and ran track throughout high school years and have been practicing taekwondo since I was 5 years old. Sports have always given me the opportunity to travel and compete with athletes from a variety of places, while also furthering my interest in the human body in general.  I'm looking forward to studying more on human anatomy and physiology and feel like the Sports and Exercise Program here at Seattle University is a great way to do so.


    Zachary Juhre

    I grew up in Spokane, WA. I was involved in many sports as a kid, but I was most passionate about tennis, I even worked at our city racquet club for about 3 years before moving to Seattle to attend Seattle University. Sports, in my opinion, teach us how to look back and see the progress that we have made as athletes and as people. It gives us that glimpse of how our work has paid off. When I graduate with my SPEX degree, I plan to attend physical therapy school.


    Tyler Kanazawa

    I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and I attended Punahou School from kindergarten through senior year.  I played varsity baseball, as a pitcher, my Junior and Senior years, and was apart of the program on intermediate or JV since 7th grade.  Throughout my life sports has always be a huge factor in my life, both influencing my decisions and teaching me many valuable lessons.  When thinking about what I wanted to study, I thought of things which I have a passion for, and sports was one of the number one choices.  Being able to help athletes recover from and prevent injuries is something I could see myself doing. 


    Quinn Kearns 

    I am from Woodland Hills, CA, a suburb about thirty minutes north of Los Angeles, and graduated in June 2013 from Agoura High School. Sports have always had a wonderful presence in my life. I played soccer and softball for years before high school but it was not until my freshman year at Agoura High that I discovered Cross Country and Track and Field. Since then I have been an avid long distance runner, although I do still enjoy playing soccer on the SU co-ed club team! Over the summer of 2012 I interned at Providence Tarzana Medical Center and became aware of the important correlations between exercise and living a long, healthful life. I hope to earn my MD after graduating from Seattle University and to find a career in which I can share my love of exercise and health with as many people as possible.


    Monica Keo

    I grew up on the island of O'ahu, Hawaii and attended Punahou High School. I  have played three years of Division 1 and 2 Varsity Golf for Punahou. I was a three-year letter winner, three year MIP/MVP and the three time defending Champion for the Girls Individual Golf tournament. I am a Varsity Golfer for Seattle U and I know that the SPEX program is perfect for me. I grew up around sports and being an athlete, I was curious in pursuing a career involving athletics. I really want to help others to stay fit and healthy while being a competitive athlete and find ways to keep our bodies strong.  


    Ben Kohler

    I grew up in Hartford, Wisconsin and attended Marquette University High School. Throughout my childhood, I have been active in lots of different sports from tennis and skiing to volleyball and basketball. Soccer was my main sport throughout high school, winning two state championships with my club team. Being a goalkeeper resulted in many hand injuries and time with the sports medicine team. That sparked my interest in sports medicine as a career. I chose a BS in Sports and Exercise Science to deepen my understanding of the active human body and prepare myself for medical school. Having three younger brothers and spending a lot of time with kids, I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy and active lifestyle. In my free time, I enjoy teaching swimming lessons, skiing with visually impaired people, and staying active. After earning my undergraduate degree, I hope to go into orthopedic or pediatric medicine.


    Rebecca Lassere

     I am a Louisiana native, but grew up in Boise, Idaho where I attended Bishop Kelly High School. While in high school, I earned ten varsity letters in the sports of cross country, track and field, water polo, and ski team. Also, I had the incredible honor of winning six state championships throughout my prep career. I compete in Women's cross country and track and field for Seattle University. I chose to major in Sport and Exercise science because I am incredibly passionate about athletics and believe they can have a tremendous positive impact on people's lives. I would like to spend my life working with athletes and helping them to become better competitors and people. During my final two years of high school, I worked as a track and field coach for a track club in Boise, and I believe that a degree in Sport and Exercise Science will give me the tools I need  to further my career to a high level in coaching.


    Rury Lee

    I was born in Korea and lived there until I was 8. It wasn't until recently that I got interested in sports and exercise- I was never good in sports and did not like to exercise much. I never stepped foot into a gym until I lost over 90 pounds a couple of years ago and wanted to maintain the loss. Since then, I tried to stay active by attending group exercise classes at gyms, lifting weights, and doing cross exercises. Currently, I teach Zumba at Seattle University Recreations and am planning to get certified in more group classes. With my SPEX degree, I am planning to go to a Physical Therapy.


    Riann Lingl

    I am a Pacific Northwest native, and grew up just 45 minutes south of Seattle, in Auburn. I have been involved in sports throughout my entire life, including highschool and club fastpitch teams, tennis, cross country, and the SU Women's Rowing Team during my first two years at Seattle U. I majored in Sport and Exercise Sciences to foster my fascination in human physiology and prepare myself to help others in my future career. I love the challenges that exercise and fitness presents to myself, and I want to spend my career helping others achieve and overcome their own personal goals. I plan on continuing my education at a Physical Therapy graduate program in the future to specialize in pediatric physical therapy, although I am eager to explore other opportunities. In my spare time away from classes and work, I love to run, travel and hike.


    Sarah Lucas

    I was born in New Port Beach, California but at six months I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. I have always loved playing sports and going to school. However, when I was younger I played all kinds of sports and couldn't seem to find the one I really wanted to pursue. At fifteen, I was running out of sports to try when I started playing tennis my Freshman year of high school. I somehow managed to learn enough tennis to make the high school team, and eventually fell in love with the sport. I decided I really wanted to pursue tennis, and even though it was far fetched I wanted to play tennis for a division one school.  Shortly after, I found coaches and a place to train that would help me achieve my goal. I had to really work to get to where I am today, but I have enjoyed every moment of it. My high school years of tennis blew by and come Senior year, I had earned a scholarship to play for the division one women's tennis team here at SU. Playing a sport this competitively has really taught me a lot about life on and off the court. It has taught me several lessons, and has offered me the chance to make great relationships with awesome people. Naturally, I want to be surrounded by sports because I am such an advocate for how sports can shape lives, and build character. Therefore, I chose to major in SPEX; I am really excited about the classes, and I hope several possibilities will present themselves thereafter. 


    Jonathan Massimino 

    Originally from San Ramon California, growing up my life was all bout sports both watching and playing. In high school I played soccer and football and was in the training room and doing physical therapy for my injuries all the time. During this time is when I learned a little bit about injuries and how to keep myself from re-injuring them. As my high school career ended I was lucky enough to be recruited by the Seattle University Redhawks to play soccer for the school. As it was coming close the the time to pick a major I decided I would do something with my life that impacted me from the time I first started kicking a soccer ball. So I chose Sports and Exercise Science so I can later go to Grad School and become a Physical Therapist and help kids with their injuries like my physical therapist did for me.


    Rachel McCarthy

    I was born in Austin Texas, but grew up in Woodinville, Washington. In High School I played tennis and ran track. Although I played many different sports throughout my life, tennis became my main focus and I am now on the Seattle University Women's tennis team. I chose to be a SPEX major because I enjoy learning about how to be a better athlete and healthier person. When I graduate, I am thinking about pursuing physical therapy or something in the medical field. 


    Lindsay McDevitt

    I am a true Seattle-ite, born and raised. Born at Swedish hospital and managed to make it all the way across the street to Seattle University! I grew up in Mukilteo, where I attended Kamiak High School. I have been involved in sports since I could walk including: soccer, basketball, softball, horseback riding, gymnastics, and swimming. I still play soccer to this day. I graduated from Seattle University's Nursing program in 2012. I also commissioned into the US Army Reserves after being a member of the SU ROTC program. I came back to SU to pursue a degree in Sports and Exercise Science because it is my dream to work with athletes and continue to have sports as a major part of my life. 


    Nadine McMillan 

    I was born and raised in the hills of Oakland, California. As a kid I had great access to hiking and exploring in the regional forest preserve by my house. I was active throughout my youth and participated in volleyball, basketball, and equestrian jumping. After an accident on my horse I tore some ligaments in my knee. It was hard not to participate in sports anymore, but it opened the door to my interest in sports injuries, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. It also sparked my interest for good nutrition and living healthy. After graduating from Seattle U I hope to pursue a career in either nutrition or sports training.


     Jacquie McVarish 

    I was born in Berkeley, CA but moved to Medford, OR when I was three years old. Upon moving to Medford, I took my first ballet and tap dancing classes. Even at three years old, I knew dance was my passion. After two years, I joined a local dance studio called Dance Energy, where I stayed for the next 13 years. In addition to dance, I participated in a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, and competitive ice skating. I was also a varsity cheerleader for my first two years at South Medford High School. Although I absolutely love all types of athletics, dance is what I am truly passionate about. I am now continuing my dance career here at Seattle U on the SU Cheer and Dance team. I chose Sports and Exercise Science as my major because I am interested in pursuing a career either in medicine or biomedical engineering, and SPEX allows me to explore my love for sports in addition to human physiology.


     Tomas Mendez-Beck

    I was born in Madrid, Spain and then moved to Oregon when I was eight. I have lived in Hillsboro, Oregon since moving here. Sports have always been a large part of my life. I grew up playing sports, whether it was soccer, basketball or football. The one sport that really stuck was swimming. The reason I love it so much is the amount of time and dedication it takes to be successful. I have been swimming competitively for 11 years and counting. I am hoping that the sports and exercise science program will better me for the future when I coach swimming. 


     Victoria Meno

    Born on the island of Guam and raised all across America, due to growing up in a Military family, I have had many experiences in my life.  Growing up I played a variety of sports from soccer to equestrian competitions, but I did not really take into any account the affect of physical activity on my life until I played Judo in high school. I became very attuned to the use of the human body and what it can accomplish, especially since I am a very petite person myself.  However, since transferring into the Sport and Exercise Science Program at Seattle University I feel like I have found my passion.  I am very excited about what I am learning, especially since now my father is getting older and the wear and tear of the military is affecting him.  Due to this, I hope I go on to Physical Therapy and provide support and aide for the wounded soldiers of our great country.


    Robert Molato 

    I am originally from Guam. I have been into sports most of my life but never really had any interest in participating in any high school programs. After high school, I joined the Marine Corps to challenge myself. After trial and error of finding the right school, I finally decided to commit to SU in hopes of someday; I'll be in a position to help enhance the lives of other people.


    Gina Morton

    I was born in Rochester, MN. but grew up in Richland, WA. and went to Richland High School. During high school I participated in basketball and golf and was a four-year letter varsity in each. After graduating high school, I attended Columbia Basin College on a golf scholarship. After two years there I ended up at UW for a quarter and realized it wasn’t a good fit for me, so transferred to Seattle University. After Seattle University, I will be applying to physical therapy graduate school and hope to become a physical therapist. As a physical therapist, I hope to create lasting relationships with patients.


     Sean Narby

    I was born in Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. My father was in the military so as a family we moved around quite often. I’ve lived in Japan, California, Yakima, Milton, and then finally Auburn, Washington. I attended John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. During my stay I was a 4 year varsity athlete on both the golf and the baseball team. I was recruited by the Seattle University baseball team and I am incredibly excited to be a part of the new program here at the university. I have had a passion for sports ever since I could remember. I have seen many of my friends lose their dream of playing professionally because of injuries. I am hoping that after completing the Sports and Exercise Science major that I will be able to help young athletes continue on their dreams of playing professional athletics.  


    Melissa Oeser

    I was born in Belmont California and went to a small private school called Notre Dame Belmont. I am currently on the Seattle University's Track and Field Team and a Sports and Exercise major but ever since I was able to crawl I was involved in sports. I have tried almost every sport imaginable: basketball, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and softball. Injuries come with being an athlete and with injuries comes physical therapy. I have had my fair share of both. That is what began my interest in physical therapy. It was in High School that I played both Basketball and Track. But being a thrower in Track and Field was my main sport. What really led me to the Sports and Exercise field was an accident I suffered in August of 2011, I was rear ended by a drunk driver causing a serious back injury. It was really heart breaking because my off season training had to stop and I was in physical therapy and rehab for about four or five months. This process really opened my eyes to physical therapy and helping people during their transition to becoming healthy.


    Mariah O'Neil  

    I was born in Olympia, Washington in 1994 and graduated from Tumwater High School in 2013. I have been playing club soccer since I was nine years old and am continuing to pursue my soccer career at Seattle University. My interest in athletics has led me to become a Sports and Exercise Major where I hope to gain knowledge and skills to help other athletes reach their full potential. I believe my passion for soccer and athletics will help me reach my goals as a SPEX student. With the knowledge I attain as an SU SPEX student I hope to become a physical therapist or sports trainer.                                           


     Gabriel Patti

    I was born in Berkeley, California and attended Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California. I grew up playing baseball, lacrosse, and basketball. I played lacrosse throughout high school where I suffered countless injuries. I developed interest in Athletic Training and Physical Therapy after spending hour on hour in the trainer's office. I've been interested in how the human body works my entire life, and SPEX seemed to take my interests and bring them to a new level of understanding.

    Sarah Petosa 

    I grew up in Federal Way, WA and have been playing sports ever since I could walk. I attended Todd Beamer High School and was a four year varsity letter winner in Soccer and Softball. My whole life I've worked hard to play ball in college and I was given the opportunity to continue my softball career at Seattle University, which I am very excited about. I have always loved science and after taking a sports medicine class in high school, my goal has been to work in the same career field. This is why Sports and Exercise Science was a clear choice for me to major in. Even though I don't know exactly what career I want to pursue, I know I will find something that I love and will be able to do for a long time helping others excel in what they do best.


    Janelle Picazo

    I was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Glendale, California. I come from a family of sports fanatics.  I have grown up watching a wide variety of sports from baseball to lacrosse and many more. At the age of 5, I started to play basketball and I fell in love with the game. I continued to play in high school, where I played two years on the varsity basketball team at Immaculate Heart High School. Going into my freshman year at Seattle U, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. As I was researching on the different majors SU had to offer, I stumbled upon Sport and Exercise Science. I knew I wanted to declare Sport and Exercise Science as my major because SPEX incorporates my love for sports, science, and my joy in helping others. I hope to utilize my Sport and Exercise Science degree to continue on to physical therapy school.


     Douglas Pizac

    I was born in San Dimas, CA. eventually moved to my hometown of Sandy, Utah and graduated from Skyline High School.  I have been involved in athletics most of my life, playing soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and swimming.  Swimming, however, has always been my first love.  Ever since learning to swim as a kid, I was always so comfortable in the water.  Once I got into high school, swimming was my main focus, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.  When it comes to sports, I love to watch almost as much as I love being involved, and Sport and Exercise Science seems to fulfill that.  While I don’t know what I want to do with my degree, I know I want to improve the performances of others the same way I improve my own.

    Sarah Pongon

    I was born on the US Air Force Academy base in Colorado Springs, CO but raised in Vancouver, WA. I went to Mountain View High School where I played soccer, basketball, and track. Being a varsity athlete and team captain taught me how to stay committed to something, be a part of a team, how to respect others, and that you should always give 110% in everything you do. Going into college, I knew I wanted to do something that combined my love of sports with my fascination with the human body, and SPEX provided that perfect blend. I hope to one day either become a physical therapist or athletic trainer and hope to help other athletes recover from injuries and accomplish their goals. 



    Reinier Realubit

    I was born and raised on the island of Oahu in town named Kapolei. Growing up I always liked playing different types of sports for fun, but I always stuck to my one love, basketball. Basketball was the only sport that I participated in school since elementary, other than Judo which I did for a year only. Basketball has been and will always be my favorite sport. I have only gotten in minor injuries such as mild concussions, sprain fingers and ankles etc. I spent a lot of time in my high school's University Laboratory School's training room learning about how to deal with injuries and how to prevent them from occurring. From different types of stretching, to taping ankles/fingers/wrist are just some of the things I learned in that training room. I have always had a passion for helping others succeed both physically and mentally in sports, school, or life in general. I just love helping others. The Sports and Exercise Science major will allow me to pursue my dreams of becoming a physical therapist. 



    Renae Russell

    I grew up in Lake Forest, California where I attended El Toro High School. I have played soccer since I was four years old, and continue to play here at Seattle University. Sport has always been a big part of my life and has helped shape me into the person I am today. I am very passionate about athletics and once I looked into the Sports and Exercise Science program I knew it was the perfect fit for me. SPEX will help me continue to explore my passions as well as help other people.


    Martina Samadan

    I was born in Croatia where I have spent 18 years of my life. I moved to USA in 2012 because back home we do not have a chance to be a good student and a good athlete at the same time. I chose the Sports and Exercise Science Program at Seattle U because sport has a huge impact on my life. Since I was twelve, I have been playing volleyball. I went through some serious injuries during my career so far, and I learned a lot about my body just from having physical therapies. Since then, I want to learn more about it. The Sport and Exercise Science major will allow me to pursue my dreams.


    Joseph Schmitt

    I was born and raised in Washington, but my parents both grew up in New York in strong italian families. As a result food is one of my favorite past times. I was involved in sports at a young age. I loved playing soccer, baseball and enjoyed skiing. I played for Cross fire select for a few years, but now I don't participate in competeive sports. I really enjoy hiking and walking in washington's great outdoor enviroments.  I am currently volunteering at Lake Washington Phyiscal Therapy and hope to persue a career in PT. What intrigues me so much about the human body is how everything is connected. You can feel pain in your knee, but the problem could orginate from how you walk. There is no pill you can take to fix the real problem you need to change your lifestyle. I am fascinated with preventative medicine and hope to help others in realizing its potential.


     Audrey Shaw

    Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, I grew up in a household that consisted of my parents and two younger brothers. My hometown is a very outdoorsy environment and allowed me to participate in numerous outdoor experiences (such as rock climbing, hiking, biking, etc). I graduated from William Palmer High School in 2009 and lettered for my fourth year in track and field (the 200m dash, specifically). I decided to make the move to the Northwest for school because it was a much more liberal and eco-conscious than my home town, and because it offered me the opportunity to live "far from home" in hopes of establishing my independence without threatening my security of knowing I'm just a few states away. I am a varsity member on the D1 Women's Rowing team here at Seattle University, having completed my first two years rowing as a club team member and then eventually experiencing the transition from club to varsity sport first hand. I hope to one day be a strength and conditioning coach (because who doesn't want to be paid for lifting weights the rest of their life?) and am considering going to PT school in Colorado (should I make the program). I am going to be a 5-year student here at SU and am currently finishing my senior year of college. I am looking forward to what is next in line for me and cannot wait to apply my degree to something I am passionate about.


    Jennifer Shear

    I grew up in Renton, Washington, and attended Hazen High School. Prior to high school I played basketball, soccer, and participated in jazz dance.  While at HHS I participated in cross country, basketball, running track & pole vaulting, and continued dance. I like the challenge of participating in sports, and the camaraderie of being part of a team.  At Hazen I enjoyed helping with the GOALS program (special needs students) which sparked my interest in Occupational Therapy. I love helping people and in majoring in Sports and Exercise Science I will be able to help enhance and better people’s lives. I enjoy many outdoor activities including camping, hiking and water activities, and I would love to give people the chance to experience the same things that I am able to experience, regardless of physical limitations.


    Sylvia Shephard

    I was born in Fontana, California but grew up in the Rancho Cucamonga/ Alta Loma area. I attended Alta Loma High School where I was on the women’s basketball team. I was a four-year letter winner in basketball and a two-year letter winner in track. As a little girl I played almost every sport there was including soccer, volleyball, tennis, etc. In junior high I was a star player in volleyball and basketball but when I got to high school I had to choose between the two sports. So I decided to keep with Basketball as I collegiately play here at Seattle University. My passion for basketball has grown over the years and now it is my job in which I enjoy doing. This is why I decided to be a Sports Exercise and science major here. I have not yet decided what I wanted to do with my degree but I have time to decide and feel out where I want to go with it.


    Madeleine Sutton

    I was born in Seattle, and moved to this tiny little place near Covington, WA just before I turned three. I attended Kentlake High School, where I was greatly involved in many programs including music, theater, journalism, and National Honor Society. I've done ballet for my entire life, but only at a private studio. I never played sports for my school. I did, however, participate in the Athletic Training program for three years. I helped diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate sports injuries for all of our athletes in their various sports. It was through this program that I discovered my love of athletic training, and physical therapy. It's why I chose to be a Sports and Exercise Science major here at Seattle University. After graduation I plan to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and work with teen athletes.


    Kevin Tongg

    I was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  I am currently a sophomore and declared SPEX as my major in the spring of 2012.  I played basketball, baseball and football in high school and due to a knee injury in my senior football season, I had ACL reconstruction done, and the physical rehab I went through gave me an idea of what being a physical therapist is like.  I decided that I would also like to help people who need physical therapy.  Having knee surgery gave me the idea to become a SPEX major and now am still deciding where I can take this degree for grad school.


     Justin Tran

    I grew up in Tacoma, Washington and attended Curtis Senior High School. Sports and exercise have always been a huge part of my life. While attending high school, I lettered for four years in basketball and lettered for one year in track. Here now at Seattle University, I still enjoy competing in various intermural sports and regularly visit the Connolly Center for physical activity. With a Sports and Exercise Science degree, I plan on pursuing a Physical Therapy position and to eventually own my own independent company in this field. It has always been my passion to help others and the major offered here at Seattle University allows me to do that.


    David Trimble

    I grew up in Yakima, WA, where I attended A.C. Davis High school.From a young age I participated in various sports such as soccer, baseball, football, basketball, golf. When I got into high school I began focusing on football and basketball. They have always been my two favorite sports until my junior year of high school and I realized basketball was where my heart was.
    Now I play on the Men's basketball team at Seattle University, and I am enjoying every second of it. Sports have always been a factor in my life that is why I believe Sports and Exercise Science is a good choice for my major. I want to use my degree to venture on towards going to PT school.


    Selena Tsang-Nguyen

    I grew up in San Francisco, California and attended Lowell High School. I started playing basketball in the second grade and have continued the sport ever since. I also picked up golf, volleyball and tennis during middle and high school. Throughout high school, I was part of the varsity basketball, tennis and golf team and received the Most Valuable Player Award. During my sophomore year, I tore my ACL during a basketball game and had to sit out for a whole season. Going through surgery and rehabilitation, pushed me to apply for an internship with UCSF's Sports Medicine Department. Through this internship, I was able to get a more hands on experience with injured athletes, shadow doctors and watch surgeries. Being a part of this internship was an exciting experience and pushed me into wanting to pursue a career in Sports and Exercise Science. I'm excited to explore what opportunities this major will have.


    Alexandria Umagat

    I usually go by Allie, but I'm not picky about a nickname. I'm from the small but beautiful island of Guam! I have a big loving family, a bigger appetite, and an even bigger love for sports. I grew up playing volleyball with my mom and her teammates until I was able to start playing for my school. I also picked up basketball and rugby, which were all fun until I suffered an ACL and meniscus tear. I missed out on 2 years of high school sports; instead I was going through surgeries and physical therapy. But during that time, I realized I wanted to help people who go through similar situations so that led me to the SPEX major. Ultimately, I want to work for professional sports teams then eventually return home, offer my services there and give back to my community. 


     Devon Walker

    I grew up in Ventura, California, where I attended Ventura High school. I was on the Football and Track and Field. I was captain of both sports and had 7 varsity letters. I have played sports all my life whether it be Ice Hockey, Football or Track. I throw for the Track and Field team at Seattle U. I have always been interested in why great athletes become great athletes and that's why I am majoring in Sports and Exercise Science. I don't know what i will do with my degree but I know it's something I find fascinating and important in everyday life.


    Marika Yaplee

    I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and attended Franklin High School. Sports have always been a part of my life. My dad is a ski instructor and taught me how to ski when I was 24 months old and later snowboard when I was 5. Then throughout elementary school and middle school, I participated in YMCA Basketball, Beacon Hill Soccer and tennis. In high school, I played basketball for the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association, Varsity Fast Pitch for all 4 years and was captain for three, and Select Fast Pitch for a year. After graduating at the top of my class, I decided to attend Seattle University and pursue my love of sports in Sports and Exercise Science. Sports have always been a big part of my life and I wanted to give back to what made me who I am today. My ideal career would be working as a Neurologist that focuses on concussions in sports and the effects on athletes.