FAIRFAX STATION, Va. - A trio of boats took to the water for Franklin & Marshall's men's rowing team as the Diplomats opened the fall portion of their 2018 schedule on Sunday at the Occoquan Chase in Virginia.
Lauren Baker (coxswain), Christian Jones (4), Sam Parsons (3), Ngoun Lay (2), and Ricky Ferris (1) teamed up in the Varsity 4+ event and paced F&M with a fifth-place showing out of 10 boats with a time of 19:28.58.
F&M was also represented in the race by a crew of Giuseppe Inglima (coxswain), Joel Cannon (4), Brandon Schneider (3), Seth Sherwood (2), and Mark Marotta (1) who secured seventh with a time of 20:38.71. A boat from the GMU Crew Club finished first at 18:20.91.
In the Varsity 8+ race, Giuseppe Inglima (coxswain), Joel Cannon (8), Brandon Schneider (7), Seth Sherwood (6), Sam Parsons (5), Muhammad Cheema (4), Carlos Ortiz (3), Ngoun Lay (2), and Mark Marotta (1) placed seventh out of eight competitors with a time of 19:02.75. The Potomac Boat Club led all boats with a time of 16:13.82.
The Diplomats return to the water next weekend at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.