LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's and women's Varsity 8+ boats were named the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Crews of the Week for their performances last Saturday. The First Varsity 8+ boat garnered the distinction for the women, while both the First and Second boats earned the honor for the men.
Women's Varsity 8+
F&M competed against No. 6 Hamilton, Vassar and Trinity on the Erie Canal in New York last Saturday.
The Diplomats' First Varsity 8+ crew of Kelly Minard (coxswain), Katie Benham (8), Paige Alexander (7), Teresa Chappell (6), Liz Bordie (5), Margaret Stoner (4), Annette Von Jaglinsky (3), Leah Issokson (2), Helen Nelson (1) advanced out of their opening heat with a time of 7:47.4 to earn a place in the finals.
F&M concluded its strong showing with a second-place finish and a time of 7:50.3. Hamilton was first at 7:23.1 while Vassar came in third at 7:58.4.
Men's First and Second Varsity 8+
The men faced Vassar, Skidmore, and Hamilton last Saturday afternoon on the Erie Canal in New York.
The First Varsity 8+ crew of Tamir Shemesh (coxswain), Aidan Molloy (8), Sean Hyland (7), Lukas Grattan (6), Trexler Hirn (5), James Jarvis (4), Harris Karlin (3), Joel Cannon (2) and Brandon Schneider (1) opened competition against Vassar and finished first with a time of 7:15, winning the race by more than 20 seconds.
F&M advanced to the final race to take on Hamilton but came up short when Hamilton crossed the line at 6:39.2 and the Diplomats finished at 7:11.2.
The Second Varsity 8+ crew of Zerubabbel Asfaw (coxswain), Ben Carroll (8), Sam Parsons (7), Craig Fanto (6), Dylan Smith (5), Steven Nicodemo (4), Ricky Ferris (3), Ngoun Lay (2), Giuseppe Inglima (1) also placed second on the day, ending their race with a time of 7:33.5. Hamilton placed first at 7:03.5 while Skidmore was third at 7:47.8.
Both men's and women's teams return to the water on Saturday, traveling to Rochester to take on the host school, as well as Ithaca and RIT at 10:00 a.m.