LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's men's rowing is set to compete at the 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championship this Saturday at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry.
The opening race is slated for an 8:00 a.m. start. To view the order of events, and follow along with the competition, click here.
MARC Championship History
The Diplomats saw its highest finish at the event occur in 2012 when F&M captured a MARC Title with their first-place showing. This year marks the fourth straight season that the MARC Championship is open to all competing schools – even non-conference members.
Facing tough Division I challengers a year ago, the Diplomats placed fourth out 10 teams - the best finish since the adoption of the event's current format in 2016. F&M accumulated 33 points on the day for the top finish by a Division III institution and ahead of Marietta (30), George Mason (24), Lafayette (6), Loyola (4), Stockton (2), and Maryland (1).
A Look at F&M
Men's rowing has competed at five spring events leading up to the Championships. F&M has found success throughout the 2019 campaign, including a first-place showing by the Varsity 4+ at the Washington College Invitational on March 30th and a second-place finish from the Varsity 8+ boat the Kerr Cup Petite Final on April 20th.
A Look at the Field
Bucknell was the latest men's program to be granted membership into the MARC as the Bison were added in the fall of 2018. They return this year as the highest-finishing team after placing third a year ago.
Other contenders include Marietta, who captured the Championship in 2017, along with George Mason, Penn State, Maryland, TCNJ, and Washington College among others.
The men's conference champion will be determined based on the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and varsity four events. Non-member schools are eligible for the men's conference championship. Only "A" boats will receive points in the point-scoring events.
Action is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday. To follow race results throughout the day, click here.