LEWISBERRY, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing team recorded its highest finish ever at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships, securing second place out of five competing teams with 35 points on Saturday in Lewisberry.
Complete results can be found here.
Washington College won its fourth-consecutive championship after accumulating 40 points while Bryn Mawr was third (27), Marietta was fourth (26), and Johnson & Wales placed fifth (22).
The MARC Championship is decided solely by the first and second Varsity 8's. Prior to this year, F&M has never finished higher than third at the event.
The Diplomats' Varsity 8 boat made up of Kathryn Benedetto (coxswain), Katherine Cousart (8), Allison Hoffmann (7), Sarah Nelson(6), Teresa Chappell (5), Jessica Radlo (4), Erin Smith (3), Jillian Goss-Holmes (2) and Leah Issokson (1) finished second in the Varsity 8 grand final with a time of 6:54.24 to accumulate 29 points. Washington College won the event at 6:46.86, followed by Marietta in third (6:54.81).
F&M also found success in the second Varsity 8 consisting of Emilie MacDonald (coxswain),Jamie Davidow (8), Caroline Stolfi (7), Rachel Topper (6), Annette Von Jaglinsky (5), Helen Nelson (4), Margaret Stoner (3), Rebecca McCain (2), Anna Berrettini (1) with another second-place showing to add an additional six points to the team total after finishing the race at 7:28.9. Washington College also won the event at 7:15.3.
At the conclusion of the championships, Katherine Cousart, and Teresa Chappell were named to the 2016 All-MARC Varsity list while Erin Smith earned a place on the All-MARC Novice team. Cousart received the distinction for the second consecutive year.
Teresa Chappell, Allison Hoffmann, and Leah Issokson were named MARC Academic All-Conference, which is awarded to rowers who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, are in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility and have competed in 75 percent of the varsity competitions or the MARC Championships.
F&M closes out its season on May 13-14 by competing at the historic Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.