Franklin & Marshall women's rowing displayed steady improvement throughout the 2018-19 season. The Varsity 8+ boat strung together a series of first-place finishes late in the spring and once again proved to be a top competitor at the annual Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships in late April.
The Diplomats rolled into Championships with their Varsity 8+ boat enjoying its most successful stretch of the year. F&M's core group was dominant in April, earning the final two MARC Crew of the Week awards following first-place finishes at the Knecht Cup (April 13-14) and Kerr Cup (April 20).
At the Championships, F&M's top boat lived up to expectations, putting forth a valiant effort in the Grand Final but just missing out on catching defending-champion Washington College, as the Diplomats were forced to settle for second place with a time of 7:58.42. Overall, F&M collected 48 points at the event to place fifth out of 11 competitors.
At the 81st Dad Vail Regatta on May 10-11, the Diplomats officially wrapped up another stellar season when F&M's Varsity 4+ boat of Kelly Minard '21 (coxswain), Sam Hershey '20 (4), Katie Benham '20 (3), Liz Brodie '21 (2), and Kayleigh Rine '21 (1) registered a second-place finish in the Division II/III second final with a time of 7:20.092 - a mere five seconds off the lead.
Several Diplomats were awarded for their work on the water and in the classroom. Katie Benham '20 and Margaret Stoner '19 landed on the 2019 All-MARC Varsity list while Emily Briggs '22 earned a spot on the 2019 All-MARC Novice list.
Liz Brodie '21, Sarah Labovitz '20, Kelly Minard '21, Helen Nelson '19, Kayleigh Rine '21, 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.