LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing team continued to display itself as a program on the rise throughout last season, culminating with a historic finish at the 77th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. This year's group looks to ride that momentum into 2016 in search of the program's first Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (CC) Championship.
The season officially opens on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Philadelphia to compete at the Murphy Cup.
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Seven members of last season's Varsity 8 boat that competed at the MARC Championships and the entire Varsity 4+ boat that advanced to the Dad Vail Grand Finals makes a return to the water for F&M this spring. At the conference championships last April, the Diplomats registered a fourth-place showing out of six competing teams with 25 points.
F&M has gotten off to a strong start in the fall as the Varsity 4+ boat secured seventh out of 35 boats at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in October, and third out of 32 competitors at the Head of the Occoquan Regatta two weeks later.
A deep freshmen class, which includes a strong mix of recruits and walk-ons, has earned spots in top boats and added enthusiasm and energy to the program.
Katherine Cousart – Sr.
Allison Hoffmann – Sr.
Sarah Nelson – Jr.
Jamie Davidow – Jr.
Teresa Chappell – So.
Captain's Cousart, Hoffmann and Nelson, as well as sophomore leader Chappell all return from the Varsity 4+ boat. For their performances at last year's conference championships, Cousart was named Varsity All-MARC, while Davidow garnered Novice All-MARC honors.
The Road Ahead
A total of five events makes up the Diplomats' regular season schedule in preparation for the 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.
For the second consecutive year, F&M will compete in the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on May 13-14 in Philadelphia. Last season, the Diplomats participated in the event for the first time since 1988 as the Varsity 4+ boat was the only DIII school in a field of six nationally-ranked DII competitors to advance to the grand finals. F&M battled to a respectable sixth-place finish in the race with a time of 7:40.845.
The NCAA Championship, taking place in Gold River, Calif., is scheduled for Friday, May 27.