LEWISBERRY, Pa. – Ongoing thunderstorms forced an early finish to the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship as Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing team was forced to settle for third-place out of six competitors on Saturday in Lewisberry.
The Diplomats totaled 22 points, placing just behind Johnson & Wales in third with 23 points. The No. 13 ranked Washington College Shorewomen claimed their sixth consecutive Championship after accumulating 30 points on the day and earning the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAAs.
The MARCs ended early due to ongoing thunderstorms with the women's Varsity 8+ finals unable to be completed. Totals were calculated based on heat times in that event.
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F&M's First Varsity 8+ boat of 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) placed second in their heat with a time of 7:23.00. J&W led the way with a time of 7:17.30, while Washington paced the field in the other heat with a time of 7:08.16.
In the Second Varsity 8+ event, a boat of 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) secured second out of three boats in the Grand Final with a time of 8:52.80. Washington won the race at 8:27.00.
Paige Alexander, Teresa Chappell, Dori Coplan, Leah Issokson, Sarah Labovitz, Rebecca McCain, 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 Diplomats close out their 2018 spring season on May 11-12 at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.