Another year of strong showings in prestigious regattas awarded Franklin & Marshall continued recognition among Division III's top programs as the Diplomats became a fixture in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Poll, reaching as high as No. 15.
For the second straight season, F&M's women's team displayed itself as a legitimate contender for a Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship, falling just short of the program's first Title after accumulating 52 points on April 29 to place second.
Both Varsity 8+ boats delivered points to the Diplomats' total as the First group placed fourth in the Grand Final at 7:30.6 and the Second boat finished second in their race with a time of 7:55.82. That consistency allowed F&M to tie the program's best-ever MARC Championships finish by placing second for the second year in a row, behind only No.13 Washington College (63 points).
The First Varsity 8+ boat was impressive throughout the season, producing notable finishes that included fourth place out of 13 competitors at the Murphy Cup (March 25), second place at the Knecht Cup (April 9), and second at the Kerr Cup (April 15).
Kathryn Benedetto '17 and Sarah Nelson '17 were named to the 2017 All-MARC Varsity list while Paige Alexander '20 earned a place on the All-MARC Novice team. Five Diplomats were honored for their work in the classroom as well, as F&M garnered its most selections on the MARC Academic Honor Roll since 2014, with Teresa Chappell '18, Jillian Goss-Holmes '19, Leah Issokson '18, Helen Nelson '19, and Margaret Stoner '19 all receiving the distinction. The five Diplomats also all earned a place on the CRCA Scholar-Athlete list.