LANCASTER, Pa. – Heading into the spring campaign off its best finish at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships in three years with a second-place showing in 2015, Franklin & Marshall's men's rowing program is aiming to continue its upward trajectory.
The Diplomats return to the water this Saturday, traveling to Philadelphia to take part in the annual Murphy Cup.
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Five members of the Varsity 8 boat that competed at the 2015 MARC Championships are welcomed back into the fold. At last year's finals, the Diplomats grabbed second place out of four competing teams. Only Washington College (24 points) managed to best F&M's 12 points on the day.
A large freshmen class looks to offset the loss of a few key seniors from a year ago, with several first-year student-athletes expected to vie for spots in the top boat.
James Nelson – Jr.
Dillan DeCaro – Sr.
Jonathan Munro – Jr.
Craig Fanto – So.
Captain's DeCaro and Munro, as well as Nelson and Fanto, will all be featured in the Varsity 8 this year to lead a strong pack of returners for the Diplomats. Nelson was named to the Varsity All-MARC list following his performance at last year's Championships while Fanto garnered a spot on the Novice All-MARC team.
The Road Ahead
Five regular season regattas will prepare F&M for the 2016 MARC Championships, set to take place on Saturday, April 30 in Lewisberry. Key competitions include the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J. on April 9-10, as well as the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia on April 16.
The Diplomats will also make a return to the historic Dad Vail Regatta on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia on May 13-14. Last year, F&M competed in the 77th annual event for the first time since 2012. The Diplomats' varsity 4+ boat turned in an impressive performance, advancing to the quarterfinals after being one of only two teams in its opening heat to move on.