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Lucy (in red) and Sophie Sandahl, back in 2019. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Sophie and Lucy Sandahl aren’t afraid to cross oars with anyone.

The Coupeville sisters took to the water Saturday, helping NCAA D-II Seattle Pacific University vie in one of the premier rowing events in Washington state.

The Sandahl siblings and their Falcon teammates participated in the Windermere Cup regatta, which went down on the Montlake Cut in Seattle and celebrates the opening day of boating season.

SPU’s open eight boat, with Lucy as coxswain and big sis Sophie rowing from the bow, gave regatta host University of Washington a strong push in their race before finishing second.

The Huskies compete for a D-I rowing program with a long tradition of excellence, but the Sandahls — in a boat with six novice college rowers — stayed close.

The Falcons zipped across the 2,000-meter course in seven minutes, 38.14 seconds.

Coupeville’s finest were joined on the journey by teammates Megan Rouse, Bella Sangston, Addie Clark, Meghan Rustemeyer, Nicole Svoboda, Ingrid Erickson, and Emma Ely.

Up next for SPU is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships May 14 at Dexter Lake in Lowell, Oregon.

When not in the boat, both Sandahl sisters are hard at work pursuing degrees.

Sophie is a junior studying art history, while Lucy, a sophomore, studies physiology.

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Coupeville rowing stars Lucy (far left) and Sophie Sandahl, hanging out with the parentals. (Photo courtesy Jeannie Sandahl)

The Splash Sisters are back at it.

Coupeville’s Sophie and Lucy Sandahl shone brightly this weekend, helping Seattle Pacific University rowing teams to strong finishes at a major meet.

The duo was at Lake Natoma in Gold River, California for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.

Sophie was in the bow of her boat as SPU’s #2 varsity eight crew won their grand finals race Sunday, fending off runner-up Pacific Lutheran University by a crisp 22 seconds.

The Falcons crossed the 2,000-meter course in seven minutes, 29.62 seconds.

Meanwhile, lil’ sis Lucy was the coxswain for SPU’s novice four boat, which claimed second in Saturday’s heats — on dad Michael’s birthday.

Her first-year crew, repping an NCAA D-II school, then went oar to oar with top-level D-1 schools Sunday, finishing sixth in the grand finals.

SPU returns to action next Saturday, May 7, when it participates in the Windermere Cup on the Montlake Cut in Seattle.

That event is hosted by the University of Washington and celebrates the opening of boating season in our state.

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Lucy (red shirt) and Sophie Sandahl, with parents Jeannie and Michael. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)



Two sisters, one vibrant sports dynasty.

Sophie and Lucy Sandahl, who were standout athletes and students on Whidbey Island after their family moved west from South Carolina, are once again busy being awesome.

The duo, who currently attend Seattle Pacific University, are both members of the NCAA D-II school’s rowing team and have had a notable impact on the program’s success this season.

Sophie, who started at Coupeville High School, then graduated from Oak Harbor after a stellar swimming career, is a junior studying art history.

Meanwhile, CHS grad Lucy — a key member of Wolf volleyball and track and field teams — is a sophomore pursuing a physiology degree.

The older Sandahl is a rower who often finds herself camped in the bow, while lil’ sis is a coxswain.

The sisters, who are joined on the SPU team by Oak Harbor grad Jessica Vester, have both played key roles for the Falcons as a new season gets up and going.

In the season-opening PLU Invite in Lakewood, Lucy led a varsity eight-woman crew to a two-second win, spurring SPU to a time of eight minutes, 15.3 seconds on a 2000-meter course.

Sophie, rowing with a varsity four-woman unit, also won, in a race in which the Falcons destroyed their closest rival by 12-plus seconds.

Rowing has also taken the sisters to Oklahoma this year, where the duo participated in a meet featuring D-I power Kansas and three-time D-II national champion Central Oklahoma.

The Sandahl siblingsĀ return to action Apr. 9, when SPU hosts the Falcon Regatta.

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Lucy Sandahl radiates joy, on the court and off. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Lucy Sandahl brings light, happiness, and joy into the world.

And those are things we really need right now.

As the country, and, to some extent, our town, rips itself apart, marinating in ugly arguments, it’s hard at times to see the positives.

Which means we need to look harder, go deeper, and actively seek out things to celebrate.

Today, that spotlight falls on Lucy, and our praise for her is highly deserved.

With that praise comes induction into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

After this, if you pop up to the top of the blog and look under the Legends tab, that’s where she’ll be enshrined as a member of a select group.

Passing on the game to the next generation. (Cory Whitmore photo)

Lucy graduated from CHS last spring (which seems like four lifetimes ago), and is currently attending Seattle Pacific University with sister Sophie.

Now, I don’t think I will hurt Lucy’s feelings too deeply when I say that, based on her career stats as a Wolf volleyball player and track and field competitor, she’s not necessarily someone who immediately jumps to mind for Hall o’ Fame induction.

But she more than earned her spot in our digital clubhouse of honor because of her spirit, because of her grace, and because there was never a moment when she gave less than her best.

Lucy, as much as anyone I have written about, seemed to take such great joy in being an athlete.

She radiated it, in every photo snapped of her in action, and every time I saw her play in person.

When you’ve just smacked a spicy service ace for an undefeated Wolf volleyball squad, and your teammates are thumping their feet on the floor around you in celebration, it’s easy to look joyous.

One ace, comin’ up. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

But it’s not so easy when you’re battling to keep your lunch down after hitting the tape at the end of a brutal long-distance race on the track oval.

And yet, look at the assembled runners, most bent over in pain, some regretting their choices in life, and there would be Lucy, the smile never far away from resurfacing.

She was hurting, and yet being out there, seizing the opportunity to get the most possible out of her high school experience, running for her friends and family, meant so much to her.

“Is that seven laps … or eight laps?”

We like to say that heart matters in sports, and, if that’s true, Lucy is the perfect example of someone whose heart was three times as big as the young woman herself.

You can call her a role player, and there is nothing but respect in that assessment, because she fully embraced her status.

Which doesn’t mean Lucy didn’t work as hard as possible, in practice or games, forever trying to perfect her craft on the court or oval.

Cause she did.

What I mean is that she was not one to pout or complain about playing time.

Instead, she asked, “What can I do?” and then she pushed herself to deliver.

Lucy believed in her team, always, and was ready to do whatever was needed to help her athletic sisters prosper.

Or at least that’s how it seemed to me as I sat in the stands over the years, watching her career unfold once she and her family arrived on Whidbey after a move here from South Carolina.

It is very easy to root for Lucy, even for those of us who are supposed to be (sort of) impartial, and very easy to come away thinking she is truly a remarkable young woman.

She is a success with the books – the Salutatorian of her class – a success in the sports world, and, most importantly, a success as a kind, generous human being.

Lucy Sandahl is a Hall o’ Famer every day, in every way, and Coupeville is a better town for her having been here.

Senior Night festivities with mom Jeannie, sis Sophie, and dad Michael.

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Anna Dion, co-Valedictorian of the Coupeville High School Class of 2020, earned an impressive amount of scholarships. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Let it rain.

Things went digital this year, but Coupeville High School seniors still brought home an impressive collection of awards and scholarships.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shutting down schools, the annual awards night couldn’t be held in person.

Instead, the school made a collection of video presentations, which were posted online Tuesday afternoon.

The CHS Class of 2020, led by co-Valedictorians Anna Dion and Scout Smith, and Salutatorian Lucy Sandahl, graduates Saturday.

To see who earned awards and scholarships, as well as view senior realization speeches from Avalon Renninger, Xaiviar Lee, and Zara Bradley, pop over to:


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