LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's women's rowing team is set to open the spring portion of their 2019 schedule on Friday by traveling to Maryland for an 8:00 a.m. competition against St. Mary's College.
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It was another banner year for the Diplomats in 2017-18 as F&M finished just one point shy of second place at the MARC Championships, before closing out the season with a first-place showing out of six competitors in their heat at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Returning from that squad is a veteran group of upperclassmen that is led by junior Katie Benham and senior's Helen Nelson and Margaret Stoner. Four recruits and several walk-ons join the mix and will vie for spots in the Diplomats' top boats.
A Look at the Fall
F&M took to the water for three fall regattas, opening with the Occoquan Chase in mid-October. The Varsity 4+ contingent paced the team with a first-place finish in a three-boat field and well ahead of Mary Washington in second. Recap.
At the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, the Varsity 4+ boat improved upon the previous year's performance and once again finished in the top half of their race. Recap.
Fall competition concluded at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia with the Varsity 4+ boat securing 19th out of 43 competitors. Recap.
Jones Named Interim Coach
Ellie Jones was named the interim head coach of the F&M men's and women's rowing programs, announced by Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps in January. Jones joined the program as an assistant coach for the men's team in 2017.
She spent the fall of 2018 overseeing the complete operations of the Diplomats' men's and women's programs.
The Road Ahead
Following the opening competition against St. Mary's, the Diplomats travel to the Washington College Invitational on Saturday, March. 30 before heading to Schenectady, N.Y. the next weekend to take on Vassar and Union.
The annual Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J. is slated for April 13-14 while the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia takes place on April 20. Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships, are set for Saturday, April 27 in Lewisberry. The season concludes with the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, which takes place in Philadelphia on May 10-11.
Indianapolis, Ind. is the site of this year's NCAA Championship which runs from May 31 to June 1.
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