CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Franklin & Marshall's Varsity 8+ bested a six-team field to capture gold in the women's Grand Final at Sunday's Knecht Cup in New Jersey.
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The Diplomats Varsity 8+ of Lauren Baker (coxswain), Katie Benham (8), Sam Hershey (7), Margaret Stoner (6), Liz Brodie (5), Emily Briggs (4), Katherine Gerber (3), Kayleigh Rine (2), and Helen Nelson (1) finished with a time of 7:32.71, well ahead of MARC-rival Washington College in second (7:43.48). St. Mary's placed third at 7:47.41.
A pair of F&M boats took to the water Varsity 4+ events as well. The Diplomats' A boat of Kelly Minard (coxswain), Katie Benham (4), Liz Brodie (3), Margaret Stoner (2), and Sam Hershey (1) took part in the Grand Final and finished in fourth with a time of 8:11.80. Washington College won the race at 7:51.88.
The Diplomats' B boat of Lauren Baker (coxswain), Rebecca Gold (4), Faith Bush (3), Margaret Stoner (2), and Sarah Labovitz (1) competed in the Petite Final and secured fifth with a time of 8:58.01. TCNJ paced the field with a time of 8:34.74.
F&M's regular season concludes next Saturday at the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia.