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The Cardinal Triumph: A Record-Breaking Fall Sports Season at Seattle Academy

Written By: Marc Moquin, Assistant Athletic Director
Photo of Seattle Academy Student Section at Fall Mania 2022

It was a record-setting season. Seattle Academy had 302 Upper School athletes participate this fall season, reaching our highest athletic participation count in school history. With 263 students participating last year — and students barely playing sports in 2020 — it makes this a 14.8% increase at a time when we are just grateful not to be testing noses before every game.

After the dark ages of Covid in 2020; and the headaches of a hybrid-remote school schedule in 2021; and then the continued awkwardness of Covid testing for high-contact athletics in 2022 — this year’s attendance is something to celebrate. 

Girls Soccer — They rocked it

Cardinal girls soccer team finished their regular season undefeated. To finish undefeated is a pretty big deal; they rocked it.

For the second straight year, the girls’ soccer team won the 1A Academic State Championship, a scholastic award granted to each team with the highest average GPA in their classification.

Photo of Seattle Academy Varsity Girls Soccer 2022

The girls’ soccer team took home third in State! They advanced all the way to the State semifinals before falling in overtime on penalty kicks to Lynden Christian. The girls bounced back the next day defeating Montesano, 3-1 to finish third, and ending a great season with a record of 14-1-3. Lucy Bishop ’23 was named Emerald Sound Conference Most Valuable Player. Addison Bay ‘25, Anica Carpenter ‘24, Rachel Suh ‘23 and Mollie Verhasselt ’25 were all named First-Team All-Conference. 

Girls Cross Country — First for all

For the first time in Seattle Academy history, the entire Cardinal girls cross country team qualified for State. The entire team; every single athlete. This is the first time that has ever happened on the girls side at SAAS.

Photo of the Seattle Academy Girls Cross Country 2023 at the Starting Line

The entire girls cross country team qualified for the State meet where they finished eighth best in the State. Aspen Hoffman '25 earned the Emerald Sound League’s Most Valuable Runner award and both Sadie Honig '25 and Delphine Way '23 were both named First-Team All-Emerald Sound Conference.

Boys Golf — Record numbers

Photo of the Seattle Academy Upper School Boys Golf Team 2022-23

In boys golf, a school record 16 players qualified for the Conference Tournament that will be held in May with qualifiers advancing to the State Tournament. 

Boys Tennis — State bound

Photo of the Seattle Academy Upper School Boys Tennis Team 2023

Nabih Farhat '25 won the singles District Championship. The doubles team of Ryan Heyworth '23 and Beck Langstraat '23  finished second in district. They will compete at the State Tournament in Yakima the last weekend in May.   

Boys Ultimate — Named 1st

In Ultimate, James Ezzo ’25 was named First-Team All-Conference.

Girls Volleyball — Career kills

Photo of Seattle Academy Varsity Girls Volleyball Team 2023

The girls volleyball team finished just one match short of the State Tournament. For the third straight year, Ella Hendelman ’23 was named First-Team All-ESC. Ella also set the school record for career kills with 401.

Middle School Athletics

“We were blown away by the record number of sixth graders on the court; it was a showcase turnout,” says Hilary O’Dougherty, Assistant Athletic Director.

Photo of Seattle Academy Middle School Girls Volleyball Team at Fall Mania
Photo of the Seattle Academy Middle School Cross Country Team 2022
Photo of the Seattle Academy 2023 Middle School Boys Soccer Team

Seattle Academy also enjoyed great success on the middle school level with over 200 kids participating on six soccer teams, five volleyball teams and two cross country teams.  

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