Diplomats Claim First-Ever MARC Championship
LEWISBERRY, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall concluded its regular season in historic fashion with a first-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, Pa. on Saturday. The Diplomats won the overall points trophy for the first time ever, totaling 22 points to edge out Washington College by just one point.
The varsity 4+ team of Brittany Sembler-cox, Clement Hsu, Connor Tencate, David Kaess and Wade Stanley captured the team's first-ever top finish at the regatta. The Diplomats battled down the 2,000-meter course with Marietta as the two sides exchanged leads multiple times throughout the race, before F&M pulled away slightly in the final 100 meters. The Diplomats finished in 6:48.8, with Marietta close behind in 6:51.7.
While the varsity 4+ crew turned in the top placing of the day, the varsity 8 clinched the crown for the Diplomats with a third-place finish in their event. The crew of Julia Scavicchio-cox, Jeffrey Smith, Tyler Cohen, Sam Condon, Benjamin Weiserbs, Daniel Clarici, Min Zhao, Minh Viet Tran, and Gregory Hershman put together a blazing final 200 meters to cross the line in 6:37.2, just ahead of St. Mary's (6:39.2) and Rutgers-Camden (6:42.1). Marietta won the event with a mark of 6:10.1.
Also racing for the Diplomats were the novice 4+ and novice 8, with each finishing in fourth in their respective events.
Head coach Rob Weber was named the MARC Men's Coach of the Year for guiding the Diplomats to their first conference title. In addition to Weber, several F&M competitors received all-conference and academic all-conference awards. Clement Hsu and Kaess earned varsity all-conference honors, Sam Alter was a novice all-conference selection, and Tencate, Zhao, and Viet Tran each nabbed academic all-conference accolades.