Varsity 8+ Boat Secures Fourth in Grand Final

Varsity 8+ Boat Secures Fourth in Grand Final

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's First Varsity 8+ boat registered a fourth-place finish out of 13 total competitors on Saturday at the 35th Memorial Murphy Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River. Three boats competed in the event for the Diplomats.

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F&M's First Varsity 8+ Boat of Kathryn Benedetto (coxswain), Katie Benham (8), Jillian Goss-Holmes (7), Teresa Chappell (6), Sarah Nelson (5), Erin Smith (4), Milly Herz (3), Leah Issokson (2) and Paige Alexander (1) secured first in their opening heat of the DII/DIII race with a time of 7:14.21 to punch their ticket for the event's grand final.

The Second Varsity 8+ team of Emilie MacDonald (coxswain), Rachel Topper (8), Anna Kohler (7), Helen Nelson (6), Margaret Stoner (5), Jamie Davidow (4), Annette Von Jaglinsky (3), Rebecca McCain (2) and Taylor Baker also competed in the same preliminary heat and placed fourth at 7:30.24 to earn a spot in the event's petite final.

In the grand final, which featured the six-fastest boats of the three qualifying heats, the Diplomats First Varsity 8+ squad finished their race with a time of 7:02.09 to place fourth and ahead of teams from Bates (7:10.77) and Wesleyan (7:16.85). 

Unfortunately, a missed race interference call marred a potentially stronger placing for F&M as another boat caused the Diplomats' coxswain to slow down, hit a buoy and change course. Washington College came in first at 6:49.38, followed by Philadelphia at 6:53.67. 

In the petite final, F&M's Second Varsity 8+ boat also secured a fourth-place showing at 7:25.00.

Julia McAleer (coxswain), Maggie Carper (8), Katelin Dao (7), Kendra Gibbs (6), Sarah Labovitz (5), Casey Siemon (4), Sarah Stenske (3), Anna Luckiewicz (2) and Erika Zirman (1) also competed for F&M as the team's Third Varsity 8+ boat, finishing their heat with a time of 8:14.14. 

The Diplomats return to the water next Saturday at the Cayuga Duals, hosted by Ithaca College.