F&M Women’s Rowing 2017 Spring Preview

F&M Women’s Rowing 2017 Spring Preview

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Last year saw Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing program reach national prominence with a number of key milestones that the Diplomats will look to build on heading into the 2017 spring season. 

Competition begins on Friday with a matchup against St. Mary's College in Maryland. 

To watch a season preview video for the 2017 F&M women's rowing team, click here.

2017 Diplomats 

Five members of the Varsity 8+ boat that placed second in the grand final at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship return after leading the Diplomats to the program's highest-ever finish at the event.  F&M registered a second-place showing out of five teams after accumulating 35 points on the day.

Joining the team is a large freshman class that includes nine recruits who are expected to battle for spots in the top boats and add depth to a team that enjoyed a two-week stint in the national rankings last season, remaining at No. 15 from April 20 to May 4. 

Key Returners 

Sarah Nelson – Sr.

Kathryn Benedetto – Sr.

Jamie Davidow – Sr.

Teresa Chappell – Jr. 

Chappell headlines the returners after landing on the All-MARC Varsity list last year while also becoming just the second Diplomat in the history of the program to be named an All-American, earning a spot on the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock All-America Second Team. 

Senior captain's Sarah Nelson and Kathryn Benedetto will be looked upon for their leadership. Nelson has been a mainstay in the Varsity 8+ boat for the past few seasons while Benedetto has cemented her role as the team's lead coxswain. 

A Look Back at the Fall 

F&M took part in three regattas last fall, including the 52nd annual Head of the Charles in Boston on Oct. 22-23.

Kathryn Benedetto (coxswain), Jillian Goss-Holmes (4), Katie Benham (3), Sarah Nelson (2) and Erin Smith (1) teamed up for a 15th-place showing out of 35 competing boats in the Varsity 4+ race, finishing ahead of boats from Oregon, Bowdoin, Marquette, Penn State, Amherst and Georgia Tech. 

The Road Ahead

Following the spring's opening competition against St. Mary's, the Diplomats are set for a total of five events leading up the 2017 MARC Championships in Lewisberry on Saturday, April 29.

The Diplomats figure to face stiff competition from rival Washington College as F&M looks to supplant the Shorewomen for its first MARC Title and earn a place in the NCAA Championships, which take place in West Windsor, N.J. from May 26-28.