PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's and women's rowing teams competed at day one of the 77th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia on Friday. The women's varsity 4+ boat advanced into tomorrow morning's semifinal race, while the men's varsity 4+ boat made it to the quarterfinals, but fell just shy of the semifinals.
In the women's varsity 4+ heat for Division II and III boats, Katheryn Benedetto (coxswain), Katherine Cousart, Allison Hoffmann, Teresa Chappell and Sarah Nelson led F&M to a third-place finish with a time of 7:50.661. Barry captured first at 7:32.717 and Merrimack was close behind at 7:38.926 as the top-three finishers advanced into the semifinals.
Tomorrow morning, the Diplomats will compete against Rollins, Philadelphia U., Merrimack, Mercyhurst, and Nova Southeastern, with the top-four times earning a spot in the final. The race is set for a 9:50 a.m. start time.
The men's varsity 4+ boat of Amanda Levit (coxswain), James Nelson, Jonathon Munro, Sam Alter and Tim Smith also had an impressive showing, being one of only two teams in their opening heat to advance to the quarterfinals, placing second with a time of 6:54.840. Michigan narrowly edged out F&M for the victory, coming in first at 6:53.148.
In order to advance to the semifinals, the Diplomats needed a top-three finish in their next heat, however placed fourth with a time of 7:20.516, just five seconds shy of Bowdoin in third. Michigan State finished first at 7:07.263.
Live results for tomorrow's final day of action can be found here.