Franklin & Marshall enjoyed another banner year from its women's rowing program in 2018 as the Diplomats received votes in the national poll for the third straight season while also placing in the top-three of the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships for the third year in a row.
Once again emerging as a threat to win the MARC Title, F&M totaled 22 points – and only one point shy of second place - at the Conference's culminating event on April 28th but was forced to settle for third out of six competitors when ongoing thunderstorms forced an early finish at the Championships.
The Diplomats rebounded to end their season in style, when F&M's Varsity 4+ boat secured first place out of six competitors in the Division II & III Petite Final at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta on May 12. The Diplomats paced the field with a time of 7:36.882, nearly 12 seconds ahead of North Park in second (7:48.050).
F&M competed in five regular-season competitions during the spring portion of its 2018 schedule. The Diplomats' Varsity 8+ boat was impressive throughout the year, taking second place at the Kerr Cup on April 14 with a time of 7:58.91, before winning a pair of duels against MARC-foe Bryn Mawr and Stockton on the Susquehanna River on April 21.
Paige Alexander '20, Teresa Chappell '18, Dori Coplan '19, Leah Issokson '18, Sarah Labovitz '20, Rebecca McCain '18, Helen Nelson '19 and Margaret Stoner '19 were named MARC Academic All-Conference, which is 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. Each of the eight Diplomats also earned a spot on the CRCA Scholar-Athlete list.