F&M Takes Second Place at MARC Championships

F&M Takes Second Place at MARC Championships

LEWISBERRY, Pa. – For the second-consecutive season, Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing team produced a second-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships, accumulating 52 total points on Saturday afternoon at Gifford Pinchot State Park. 

Washington College, ranked No. 13 in the nation, secured its fifth-straight title and the Conference's automatic NCAA bid with 63 points. Johnson & Wales was third (51 points), followed by St. Mary's in fourth and Bryn Mawr in fifth.

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Point totals were calculated solely on the Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ events.

The First Varsity 8+ group (Kathryn Benedetto (coxswain), Katie Benham (8), Jillian Goss-Holmes (7), Teresa Chappell (6), Sarah Nelson (5), Margaret Stoner (4), Milly Herz (3), Erin Smith (2), and Paige Alexander (1)) earned a spot in Grand Final after placing second in their opening heat at 7:55.8. 

In the Grand Final, F&M accumulated 36 points by taking fourth with a time of 7:30.6. Washington won the event at 7:08.9. 

A boat of Emilie MacDonald (coxswain), Jamie Davidow (8), Leah Issokson (7), Rachel Topper (6), Annette Von Jaglinsky (5), Helen Nelson (4), Maggie Carper (3), Rebecca McCain (2), and Casey Siemon (1) chipped in by adding 16 points to the team total with a strong second-place showing in the Second Varsity 8+ final. The Diplomats registered a time of 7:55.82 in the event while Washington claimed first at 7:43.7.

F&M also had a boat compete in the Third Varsity 8+ event when the group of Dori Coplan (coxswain), Katelin Dao (8), Erika Zirman (7), Kendra Gibbs (6), Sarah Labovitz (5), Kristen Clair (4), Zihan Li (3), Anna Luckiewicz (2), and Sarah Stenske (1) was second out of four teams with a time of 8:29.2.

At the conclusion of the championships, Kathryn Benedetto and Sarah Nelson were named to the 2017 All-MARC Varsity list while Paige Alexander earned a place on the All-MARC Novice team. 

Teresa Chappell, Jillian Goss-Holmes, Leah Issokson, Helen Nelson, and Margaret Stoner 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. The award marked the second consecutive year that Chappell and Isoksson earned the distinction.