LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's rowing team is set to open the spring portion of their 2019 schedule on Friday by traveling to Maryland for an 8:00 a.m. competition against St. Mary's College.
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F&M heads into the spring looking to build on last year's fourth-place showing at the MARC Championships - the best finish since the adoption of the event's current format in 2016 and the top showing by a Division III institution in the event.
Leaning on a strong contingency of upperclassmen leadership from such returners at Joel Cannon, Brandon Schneider, and Lukas Grattan, the Diplomats are aiming for another competitive finish at this year's MARCs.
A Look at the Fall
F&M competed in three fall regattas, beginning action at the Occoquan Chase in mid-October. The Varsity 4+ boat led the way with a fifth-place showing out of 10 competitors. Recap.
At the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston, the Varsity 4+ boat placed ahead of several Division I foes, including Rhode Island, Clemson, and N.C. State. Recap. The fall season wrapped up at the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia with a pair of Diplomat boats taking the water. Recap.
Jones Named Interim Coach
Ellie Jones was named the interim head coach of the F&M men's and women's rowing programs, announced by Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps in January. Jones joined the program as an assistant coach for the men's team in 2017.
She spent the fall of 2018 overseeing the complete operations of the Diplomats' men's and women's programs.
The Road Ahead
Following the opening competition against St. Mary's, the Diplomats travel to the Washington College Invitational on Saturday, March. 30 before heading to Schenectady, N.Y. the next weekend to take on Vassar and Union.
The annual Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J. is slated for April 13-14 while the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia takes place on April 20. Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships, are set for Saturday, April 27 in Lewisberry. The season concludes with the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, which takes place in Philadelphia on May 10-11.
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