F&M Women’s Rowing 2018 Spring Preview

F&M Women’s Rowing 2018 Spring Preview

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall continued its upward ascent among DIII women's rowing programs, reaching as high as No. 15 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Poll and placing second at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship for the second-straight season. 

The Diplomats open the 2018 portion of their schedule on Friday, with a matchup against St. Mary's College in Maryland. 

2018 Diplomats 

Six members of the Varsity 8+ boat that placed fourth in the grand final at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship, return to the water this spring, including 2016 CRCA All-America Second Team member Teresa Chappell

Paige Alexander is back after earning a place on the All-MARC Novice team last year, while returner's Chappell, Jillian Goss-Holmes, Leah Issokson, Helen Nelson, and Margaret Stoner were each named to MARC Academic All-Conference. 

A nine-member freshman class, along with several key returners, will need to help offset the loss of graduating senior's Kathryn Benedetto and Sarah Nelson, who were both named to the 2017 All-MARC Varsity list. 

A Look Back at the Fall 

F&M competed at three regattas in the fall, including the historic Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 22. The Varsity 4+ boat of Emilie MacDonald (coxswain), Paige Alexander (4), Teresa Chappell (3), Katie Benham (2), and Casey Siemon (1) finished in the top half of its field with a 17th-place showing out of 36 competitors.   

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The Diplomats opened the fall at the Occoquan Chase on Oct. 15. In the Collegiate Women's 4+ race, an F&M boat of Emilie MacDonald (coxswain), Paige Alexander (4), Teresa Chappell (3), Katie Benham (2), and Casey Siemon (1), produced a third-place finish out of nine competitors with a final time of 21:44.89. 

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F&M concluded its fall season on Oct. 27 at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. In the Championship 8+ event, F&M's First Varsity boat (Emilie MacDonald (coxswain), Paige Alexander (8), Teresa Chappell (7), Annette Von Jaglinsky (6) Katie Benham (5), Milly Herz (4), Allie Christensen (3), Leah Issokson (2), and Casey Siemon (1)) produced an impressive 17th-place finish out of 43 competitors with a time of 17:02.417. 

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McDonnell Joins the Staff

Caitlin McDonnell joined the Diplomats as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. She was a four-year member of the Cornell University rowing program, graduating in 2015 as a double major in Geological Sciences and Economics. She competed at the 2012 Ivy League Championships in the Third Varsity 8+ boat that secured third place. 

Before F&M, McDonnell spent two years as a geophysicist in Houston, Texas where she rowed with the Greater Houston Rowing Club and served as a board member and treasurer of the organization. She won the Texas Rowing Championship Women's Master's AA-A 2X in 2017. 

The Road Ahead 

Following Friday's opening competition of the spring season, the Diplomats travel to Fairfax Station, Va. on Sunday, March 25 for the Occoquan Sprints. Those events make up two of six regular-season races currently on F&M's schedule.

The Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships take place on Saturday, April 28 in Lewisberry. Both the men's and women's teams are also expected to compete in the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, which takes place in Philadelphia on May 11-12.

Sarasota, Fla. is the site of this year's NCAA Championship, which is set to run from May 25-27.

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