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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)

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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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Sophie Sandahl, rockin’ her new CHS soccer jacket. (John Fisken photo)

I don’t know if you know this, but it’s national Sophie Sandahl Day.

It’s true.

The Wolf freshman, a recent transplant to The Rock, hits the big 1-5 today and people are going bonkers.

To celebrate, Sandahl and her teammates on the Coupeville High School girls’ soccer squad will be hosting the defending 1A state champs today.

The game pits the Wolves (1-0 in Olympic League play, 3-4-3 overall) against Klahowya (1-0, 7-3-1), kickoff is 11 AM at Mickey Clark Field, and the stands are waiting to be crammed for this battle for sole possession of first place.

Your attendance is mandatory, especially since it lands on the birthday of a former South Carolina belle like Sandahl.

In her short time here, Sophie has sparkled with a quiet charm, while making big strides on the soccer pitch.

Let her know how much Wolf Nation appreciates her entry into our world.

Cram the stands. Support the booters as they go for the upset of the year.

And, most importantly, on your way in or out, or all game long, make sure #19 feels the cake day love.

Happy birthday, Sophie!

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Sophie Sandahl (John Fisken photo)

Sophie Sandahl (John Fisken photo)

First off, can we just admit Sophie Sandahl has pretty impeccable taste in movies?

The Coupeville High School freshman soccer player, a recent transfer from Greenville, South Carolina, lists Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Moulin Rougue, School of Rock and The Imitation Game as some of her favorite flicks.

From someone who frittered away 15 years running video stores, let me say — the first three are certifiable classics and the last two are pretty dang good on their own rights.

So, top-notch start for the Whidbey newcomer.

But movies aren’t her only strong point, as Sandahl is already involved with both the Wolf booters and the school’s drama troupe.

“My primary interests would have to be anything that has to do with the fine arts,” Sandahl said. “My favorite classes are English literature and drama.”

On the pitch, she’s a defender, part of a unit that shut down Forks 8-0 in Coupeville’s home opener Saturday.

A veteran of rec soccer, she played for her middle school team in South Carolina and has stayed with the game.

“I’m not quite sure the exact reason why I decided to play,” Sandahl said. “My mom and dad loved the sport (that was a heavy influence), and something about the game seemed … intriguing, and enjoyable.

“Overall though, the exact reason is hard to pinpoint.”

It’s a sport she’s come to love, however.

“I enjoy pretty much all of the aspects of soccer,” Sandahl said. “The team, the games, practices, etc.”

As she progresses in the game, she has a clear idea of where she’d like to go.

“My goals are pretty simple — practice, play hard and don’t give up,” Sandahl said. “My goals for future seasons/games would be to keep playing hard.”

Along with putting in hard work, she wants to keep improving her skills, as well.

“My strengths are thinking while I’m on the field, but I have to admit there are some exceptions,” Sandahl said. “I’m doing really well on defense, and listening to/following directions during the game.

“Some areas that I would need to work on are keeping control of the ball, and communicating with my teammates; sometimes I get a little bit too wrapped up in what’s going on, and forget to make calls and talk to the girls.”

On and off the soccer pitch, Sandahl has always gotten a lot of encouragement from those she is close to, which has been a key factor in her growth as a player and a young woman.

“There’s a lot of people that have had a big impact on me that helped me be the person I am,” she said. “I would definitely say that my three closest friends (Abby, Lexi and Samantha) in South Carolina really impacted who I am.

“Here in Coupeville, I would have to say that my team is making a huge impact as well.”

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