Taking A Bow: Stafford Leads Women's Rowing All-Academic
Suzanne Stafford (left) has been in the bow seat of the Seattle Pacific varsity 8+ in two of the Falcons' three regattas. Photo by Dan Lepse.
Suzanne Stafford (left) has been in the bow seat of the Seattle Pacific varsity 8+ in two of the Falcons' three regattas. Photo by Dan Lepse.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – As she comes to the end of a stellar four-year career for Seattle Pacific both on the water and in the classroom, senior Suzanne Stafford leads the 41 honorees on the 2020-21 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Rowing All-Academic Team, presented by Barnes & Noble College.

Stafford is one of a conference-leading 19 student-athletes from Seattle Pacific named to the team. Holding a 3.90 GPA as a biochemistry major, Stafford is in her third year as one of the Falcons’ varsity crew members. She was in the bow seat for both varsity 8+ races where the Falcons placed second at the Falcon Regatta on March 27. She was also in the bow for the Falcons’ winning varsity 8+ at the Viking Regatta on April 17.

Stafford is one of six honorees with a GPA of 3.8 or greater and one of 25 repeat selections to the team. Western Washington sophomore Clarice Ruhlin-Hicks leads the team with a 4.00 GPA as a political science major.

The other team members with a 3.8 GPA or greater include Humboldt State sophomore Marjorie Johnson, Seattle Pacific junior LeeAnn Arrington and sophomore Macie Leach; Western Washington senior Maddie Bangasser and Vikings’ junior Ella Brinkman.

To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Teams, presented by Barnes & Noble College, nominees must be of sophomore eligibility or greater, have a minimum cumulative GPA or 3.20 or greater, be a letterwinner on their team and must be in their second year at the nominating institution.

Presented By Barnes & Noble College
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Megan Dwarshuis Business Administration Sr. 3.78 Grand Rapids, Mich.
Yesenia Gil-Salazar Biology Jr. 3.40 Idabel, Okla.
Kirsten Goodman Biology Sr. 3.66 Shawnee, Okla.
* Madisyn Kitchell Kinesiology – Exercise & Fitness Mgt. Sr. 3.45 Yukon, Okla.
Kateryna Klymenko Adult & Higher Education Sr. 3.75 Kyiv, Ukraine
Sage Kroeker Nursing Jr. 3.37 Enid, Okla.
* Allison Staley Kinesiology – Exercise & Fitness Mgt. Jr. 3.76 Bettendorf, Iowa
Keondra Whisenhunt Biology Jr. 3.46 Bellevue, Neb.
Kelsey Woellmer Chemistry – Health Sciences So. 3.52 Sedona, Ariz.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Marjorie Johnson Liberal Studies – Higher Education So. 3.97 Chico, Calif.
* Malia Seeley Environmental Resources Engineering Jr. 3.75 Polson, Mont.
* Haley Skinner Liberal Studies – Elementary Education Sr. 3.60 Clovis, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* LeeAnn Arrington English Jr. 3.88 Empire, Okla.
* Megan Chalfant Nursing Sr. 3.56 Roseville, Calif.
* Tamrya Clark-Hoogestrate Applied Human Biology Sr. 3.80 Shoreline, Wash.
* Kaitlin Dickinson Nursing Sr. 3.68 Monroe, Wash.
* Gillian Edgar Business Administration Sr. 3.46 Seattle, Wash.
Jacinta Grandel Apparel Design So. 3.61 Palmer, Alaska
* Jennifer Hoag Nursing Jr. 3.36 Normandy Park, Wash.
* Danielle Johnson Engineering Jr. 3.79 Mill Creek, Wash.
* Samantha Kimmel Cellular & Molecular Biology Sr. 3.56 Woodinville, Wash.
* Cecelia Krause Ecology Sr. 3.48 Glastonbury, Conn.
Macie Leach Nursing So. 3.84 Chico, Calif.
Brooklyn Liberato Nutrition & Dietetics Sr. 3.20 Mount Vernon, Wash.
Moxie McCandless Food & Nutritional Sciences So. 3.23 Albuquerque, N.M.
* Roxy Ruther Applied Human Biology Sr. 3.60 Torrance, Calif.
* Suzanne Stafford Biochemistry Sr. 3.93 Clackamas, Ore.
Nicole Svoboda Mathematics So. 3.31 La Quinta, Calif.
* Avalon Tarbet-Mendoza Chemistry Jr. 3.32 Vancouver, Wash.
* Haley Thompson Integrated Studies Sr. 3.79 Tacoma, Wash.
* Anna White Nursing Sr. 3.60 Meridian, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Maddie Bangasser Kinesiology Sr. 3.90 Sammamish, Wash.
Jonah Bettger Geology Sr. 3.20 Brush Prairie, Wash.
* Lilly Bjork Computer Science Jr. 3.28 Langley, Wash.
* Ella Brinkman Interdisciplinary Studies Jr. 3.82 Sebastopol, Calif.
Kristina De Koster Education Sr. 3.60 Bellingham, Wash.
* Kiana Doyle Music & Journalism Jr. 3.40 University Place, Wash.
* Haley Moss Political Science & Sociology Jr. 3.44 Orcas Island, Wash.
* Brenna Rice English Creative Writing Sr. 3.33 Bethel, Alaska
Clarice Ruhlin-Hicks Political Science So. 4.00 Anchorage, Alaska
Jessica Smithlin Sociology Sr. 3.34 Orting, Wash.
* - 2019-20 All-Academic Selection