Women's rowing proved throughout the season that the Diplomats had the talent necessary to compete with some of the nation's top programs. Division III took notice of that fact and rewarded Franklin & Marshall with a two-week stint in the national rankings, remaining at No. 15 from April 20 to May 4.
The appearance in the poll coincided with a torrid stretch of success near the tail end of the season for the Diplomats' Varsity 8 boat that included a pair of second-place showings at the Knecht Cup on April 10 and the Kerr Cup on April 16, as well as an upset victory against boats from No. 12 Hamilton and Union on April 17.
F&M rode that momentum into the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship as one of the favorites in the field of strong competitors. The Diplomats did not disappoint, securing the program's highest-ever finish at the event with a second-place showing out of five teams after accumulating 35 points on the day.
At the conclusion of the championships, Katherine Cousart '16, and Teresa Chappell '18 were named to the 2016 All-MARC Varsity list while Erin Smith '17 earned a place on the All-MARC Novice team. Cousart received the distinction for the second consecutive year. Chappell went on to be named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock All-America Second Team, becoming just the second Diplomat in the history of the program to be named an All-American.
Chappell, Allison Hoffmann '16, and Leah Issokson '18 were named MARC Academic All-Conference, awarded to rowers who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, are in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility and have competed in 75 percent of the varsity competitions or the MARC Championships. The trio continued to add accolades for their success in the classroom, also being named national scholar-athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).