F&M Aiming for Top Spot at MARCs

F&M Aiming for Top Spot at MARCs

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall women's rowing returns for the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships on Saturday, seeking the program's first Title. The Diplomats travel to Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry to take on the MARC's eight other member teams. 

Saturday's 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

The MARC Champion will earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Championships, held in Sarasota, Fla., from May 25-27.

MARC Championship History

F&M tied for its highest-ever finish at the MARC Championships last season after placing second for the second straight year with 52 total points.

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. 

A Look at F&M 

The Diplomats enter as this weekend's favorite to end Washington's streak at the event, after several impressive performances this spring. F&M competed in five competitions leading up to the MARC's. Last weekend, the Diplomats' Varsity 8+ boat won a pair of duels against MARC-foe Bryn Mawr and Stockton on the Susquehanna River.   

F&M's top boat also had a strong showing at the Kerr Cup earlier in April, taking second place in their race with a time of 7:58.91. 

Boat Assignments 

First Varsity 8+

Kelly Minard (coxswain), Katie Benham (8), Paige Alexander (7), Teresa Chappell (6), Liz Brodie (5), Margaret Stoner (4), Annette Von Jaglinsky (3), Leah Issokson (2), and Helen Nelson (1) 

Second Varsity 8+ 

Dori Coplan (coxswain), Rebecca McCain (8), Sam Hershey (7), Emilie MacDonald (6), Grace Berg (5), Madeline Cook (4), Shannon Cunningham (3), Kayleigh Rine (2), and Sarah Labovitz (1)

A Look at the Field 

Washington enters as the event's five-time defending champion and once again figures to be a threat for a title as the Shorewomen enter competition as the nation's No. 13 ranked Varsity 8+ boat. 

Cabrini, Bryn Mawr, St. Mary's and Johnson & Wales, join Franklin & Marshall with boats looking to score points in the Varsity 8+ races.

Scoring 

The women's conference champion will be determined based solely on the First Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ events. To view the point system for this Saturday's competition, click here.

The Second Varsity 8+ Grand Final is set to begin at 2:48 p.m., while the First Varsity 8+ Grand Final is slated for a 3:36 p.m. start. 

Follow Along 

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