PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's Varsity 8 boat placed third in the DII/DIII Grand Final at Saturday's 34th Memorial Murphy Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
A boat of Kathryn Benedetto (coxswain), Katherine Cousart (8), Allison Hoffmann (7), Sarah Nelson (6), Teresa Chappell (5), Jillian Goss-Holmes (4), Erin Smith (3), Rachel Topper (2) and Leah Issokson (1) dominated its opening heat with a time of 7:06.30 to become one of three teams to advance to the grand final.
In the championship race, the Diplomats registered a time of 7:12.87, just fractions of a second behind Bates in second. Philadelphia won the event at 7:04.49 while F&M gained some early-season confidence by finishing ahead of MARC-foe Washington College in fourth (7:13.24).
A boat of Emilie MacDonald (coxswain), Jamie Davidow (8), Caroline Stolfi (7), Annette Von Jaglinsky (6), Margaret Stoner (5), Helen Nelson (4), Jessica Radlo (3), Rebecca McCain (2) and Anna Berrettini (1) competed for F&M in the Varsity 8 Petite Final, placing fourth at 8:08.15.
The Diplomats return to the water next Saturday, facing off against La Salle, Philadelphia U. and Washington College in Philadelphia.