LANCASTER, Pa. – Following four straight seasons of third-place finishes at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships, the Franklin & Marshall women's rowing team is eager to get back to the water and prove it has the necessary pieces to continue challenging for a top spot. The Diplomats' journey starts on Saturday, traveling to Cherry Hill, N.J. to compete at the Murphy Cup.
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Five members of last season's varsity 8 boat, which took third-place at the MARC Championships, are welcomed back into the fold. Last year, the Diplomats accumulated 30 points at the event, while Washington claimed its second-consecutive title with 38 points, followed by Marietta in second with 37.
This year's team is heavy on underclassmen, many of whom are expected to compete for spots in the top boat, with 11 joining the mix. Eight upperclassmen are expected to provide leadership, including a trio of talented seniors.
Amalia Hack (Captain) – Sr.
Katherine Cousart – Jr.
Allison Hoffmann – Jr.
Sarah Nelson – So.
Hack, a senior captain, will be looked at to provide guidance in the Diplomats' priority boat, while Hoffmann and Cousart are expected to seize vital roles on the team and will be looked at to push the top boat, and Nelson is coming off an All-MARC (novice) honor.
The Road Ahead
This season's schedule features a number of exciting races, which are expected to challenge the Diplomats throughout the year. Four races are slated to take place prior to the MARC Championship, including the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J. on April 11-12. The Knecht Cup offers F&M a good look at some conference opponents on the heels of the championship race.
The MARC Championship is set for Saturday, April 25, while the Diplomats close out the season at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia on May 8-9. It will mark the first time since the 1980's F&M has competed at the Dad Vail.