The men's rowing team continued to display progress throughout 2016-17, holding their own against some of the nation's top competition in premiere regattas.
Franklin & Marshall closed out its year at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships on April 29, placing seventh out of nine teams with 12 points and a victory in the Varsity 8+ Petite Final. The Diplomats dominated the race, which featured four boats, with a time of 6:39.7. Mary Washington was the next-closest finisher at 6:45.1.
During the regular season, F&M found success at several events, including the Head of the Occoquan Regatta on Nov. 4 when a pair of Diplomat boats registered first-place showings. James Nelson '17 competed in the Lightweight Single race and took the win in a field of eight competitors with a time of 19:36.59, nearly six seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, while F&M beat out three boats in the Lightweight 4+ race with a time of 17:57.27.
Nelson was named to the All-MARC Varsity list for the third time in his career, joining Tim Smith '15 as just the second member in program history to accomplish that feat. Jonathan Munro '17 accompanied Nelson on the Varsity list, while Ben Carroll '20 received All-MARC Novice recognition. Four Diplomats were honored for their work in the classroom when Nelson, Trexler Hirn '18, Sean Hyland '18 and Ngoun Lay '19 all earned a spot on the MARC Academic Honor Roll; the most F&M has ever had earn the distinction.