Competing against the nation's top programs in 2018-19, Franklin & Marshall's men's rowing team continuously arose to the occasion. The Diplomats tallied their highest-ever point total at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships in late April and followed with an impressive showing at the 81st Dad Vail Regatta in early May.
At the MARC Championships on April 27th, F&M's Varsity 8+ boat claimed first in the Petite Final, leading the Diplomats to a sixth-place showing out of 20 boats - the largest-ever field in the annual event. F&M concluded the Championships with 58 total points, besting such DI competition as Penn State (37 points), Loyola (27 points) and Maryland (26 points).
For the second consecutive year, the Diplomats took part in the esteemed Dad Vail - the largest collegiate regatta in North America. The Varsity 4+ boat of Giuseppe Inglima '20 (coxswain), Seth Sherwood '22 (4), Harris Karlin '21 (3), Ben Carroll '20 (2), and Lukas Grattan '20 (1) started off with an 18th-place finish out of 35 boats (across all divisions) in the day's opening preliminary event to qualify for one of the top three final's heats. The group eventually secured fourth out of six boats in their final race.
Men's rowing competed at five spring events leading up to the Championships. F&M 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.
Several Diplomats were awarded for their work on the water and in the classroom. Lukas Grattan '20 and Ben Carroll '20 landed on the 2019 All-MARC Varsity list while Seth Sherwood '22 earned a spot on the 2019 All-MARC Novice list.
Joel Cannon '19, Harris Karlin '21, and Ngoun Lay '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.