WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – James Nelson's first-place finish in the Single event led a strong showing of three Franklin & Marshall men's boats at the 2017 Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake this Sunday.
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Nelson's finish came with a time of 7:50.82 to take the title. He was just eight seconds off a boat from Mercyhurst (7:42.27), who was racing as an exhibition rower. The Diplomats' senior placed ahead of competitors from Pittsburgh, TCNJ, Colgate and Virginia.
The Varsity 4+ boat (Tamir Shemesh (coxswain), James Nelson (4), Jonathan Munro (3), Craig Fanto (2) and Aidan Molloy (1)) garnered a spot in the DII/DIII finals following a third-place finish and a time of 7:18.16 in their opening heat of the day. F&M secured fifth out of seven boats in the finals with a time of 7:18.35. Rollins placed first at 7:06.53.
Dori Coplan (coxswain), Joel Cannon (8), Lukas Grattan (7), Sam Parsons (6), Dylan Smith (5), Stuart Cattel (4), Chris Howe-Smith (3), Ngoun Lay (2) and Giuseppe Inglima (1) represented the Diplomats in the Varsity 8+ event, securing fifth out of seven boats at 7:00.61. Mercyhurst claimed first with a time of 6:18.07.
The Second Varsity 4+ boat (Ryan Paulekas (coxswain), Ben Carroll, Brandon Schneider, Joel Cannon and Trexler Hirn) also took to the water for F&M, securing a third-place showing out of five teams with a time of 7:12.93. Virginia was first at 6:58.18.
Next Saturday (April 15), the Diplomats head to Philadelphia for the Kerr Cup, marking the final regular-season regatta of 2017.