FAIRFAX STATION, Va. - A Varsity 4+ boat secured first place for Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing team to pace the Diplomats at Sunday's opening regatta of the fall - the Occoquan Chase in Virginia.
In the Varsity 4+ event, a boat of Kelly Minard (coxswain), Sam Hershey (4), Liz Brodie (3), Margaret Stoner (2), and Kayleigh Rine (1) paced a three-team field with a time of 22:01.75 - well ahead of Mary Washington in second with a time of 23:37.86.
The Diplomats' Varsity 8+ boat of Dori Coplan (coxswain), Katherine Gerber (8), Sam Hershey (7), Liz Brodie (6), Margaret Stoner (5), Kayleigh Rine (4), Shannon Cunningham (3), Rebecca Gold (2), and Emily Briggs (1) went head to head with a group from Virginia Tech. F&M battled but came up just a few seconds short with times of 20:16.84-20:27.78.
The Diplomats return to the water next weekend at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.