College of Arts and Sciences
Sport and Exercise Science

Students

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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.

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    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.

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

     

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     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.

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    Kate Cleveland 

    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!
      

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    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. 

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    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

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    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. 

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    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. 

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     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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.  

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.


     
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    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.                                           

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     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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Kevin Tongg

    I was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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     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.

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    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.