Diplomats Set for 2018 MARC Championships

Diplomats Set for 2018 MARC Championships

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's rowing is set to compete at the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship this Saturday at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry.

The opening race is slated for an 8:00 a.m. start. To view the order of events, and following along with the competition, click here

MARC Championship History 

The Diplomats saw its highest finish at the event occur in 2012 when F&M captured a MARC Title with their first-place showing. This year marks the third straight season that the MARC Championship is open to all competing schools – even non-conference members. 

Facing top Division III talent a year ago, F&M produced a seventh-place finish out of nine boats after collecting 12 total points. The Diplomats' Varsity 8+ boat dominated the Petite Final with a time of 6:53.4 to secure first place out of four boats, while the Second Varsity 8+ notched F&M's 12 points by registering fourth in the Grand Final race. 

A Look at F&M

F&M has competed in four events this spring leading up to the MARC Championships. The First Varsity 8+ boat has been successful throughout and earned two-straight MARC Crew of the week honors in April.

The first award was given to the Diplomats in honor of the boat's duel victory over Vassar on March 31, winning the race by more than 20 seconds. F&M followed by downing Rochester the following weekend in a head-to-head battle that saw the Diplomats best the Yellow Jackets by more than seven seconds.  

Boating Assignments 

First Varsity 8+

Tamir Shemesh (coxswain), Aidan Molloy (8), Sean Hyland (7), Lukas Grattan (6), Trexler Hirn (5), James Jarvis (4), Harris Karlin (3), Joel Cannon (2) and, Brandon Schneider (1)

Second Varsity 8+

Meredith Cooney (coxswain), Ben Carroll (8), Sam Parsons (7), Craig Fanto (6), Ricky Ferris (5), Steven Nicodemo (4), Ngoun Lay (3), Calvin Coffeen (2), and Giuseppe Inglima (1) 

Varsity 4+

Tamir Shemesh (coxswain), Aidan Molloy (4), Sean Hyland (3), Lukas Grattan (2) and Trexler Hirn (1) 

Novice 4+ 

Zerubabbel Asfaw (coxswain), Christian Jones (4), Muhammad Ahmed (3), Christian Corrigan (2) and Mark Marotta (1)

A Look at the Field

Marietta captured last year's Championship after finishing first with 52 points, followed by Bucknell in second (51) and George Mason in third (47). 

Each team makes a return to this year's event and will be joined by Scranton, Lafayette, Maryland, Mary Washington, Rhode Island, Army, Washington College, TCNJ, among others. 

Scoring

The men's conference champion will be determined based on the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four events. Non-member schools are eligible for the men's conference championship. Only "A" boats will receive points in the point-scoring events.

To view the points breakdown, click here.

Follow Along 

Action is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. To follow race results throughout the day, click here.