1/27/2016 Magazine Staff

Spring Sports Highlights

This magazine article is part of Summer 2014 / Issue 78


The women rowed to their fourth consecutive third-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships. Natalie Guzikowski ’16 and Carolina Giraldo ’16 received varsity All-MARC honors, while Sarah Nelson ’17 was named Novice All-Conference and six crew members earned Academic All-Conference honors. Guzikowski also helped the program reach an important milestone, becoming F&M’s first All-American in women’s rowing by being named to the Division III Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Pocock All-America Second Team.

The men finished fourth at the MARC Championships as multiple Diplomats earned All-MARC recognition. James Nelson ’17 was named Varsity All-Conference, while Jonathan Munro ’17 earned Novice All-MARC honors.



The men’s team finished the season ranked No. 19 in Division III after a runner-up finish in the Centennial Conference (CC) and 13-5 record overall. In a rematch of last year’s conference title game, the Diplomats downed Dickinson in the conference semifinals, 11-9. Billy Kempner ’14 wrapped up his career as the program’s all-time leader in man-up goals (15).

The women posted a winning record for the 15th straight year, finishing 17-6 overall and advancing to the NCAA regional finals for the second year in a row. The team was ranked nationally in the Top 10 all season, and Caroline Krohn ’14 (pictured) and Kelsey Hoffman ’14 nabbed honors on various All-America and All-Region teams.



The softball team made history by posting a 25-14 record, the most wins in the team’s history. Malorie Sassaman ’14 (pictured) ended her F&M career at the top of several categories, including hits (175) and career batting average (.414). She was named CC Player of the Year after leading the CC with a .455 batting average. Sam DeNoville ’14 led F&M with 10 doubles, while Rachel Laufer ’14 and Kaitlin Zampino ’14 each had three home runs.



The Diplomats posted a 14-23 overall record, including a 6-12 mark in the CC. Will Benenson ’14 cemented his legacy as one of the program’s premier run producers, falling just one shy of the all-time RBI mark with 107. Defensively, Pat Andrews ’14 capped off his career by catching 29 base runners stealing, a program record.



The men’s golf team claimed its fifth conference title in seven years as Dave Gilbert ’14, Brad Lankler ’17 (pictured) and Robert Svigals ’15 finished in a three-way tie for first to become the first tri-champions in CC history. Lankler, who led the team in scoring average (75.5), was named CC Rookie of the Year, and Andy Tompos was named Coach of the Year. The Diplomats finished 26th out of 41 teams at the NCAA Tournament.

The women put together their best finish at the North American Women’s Golf Challenge, hosted by Ursinus, where they totaled 427 to finish second. Kathleen Smith ’16 snagged third place at the event, and F&M concluded its spring campaign with a fourth-place showing at the CC Championships.



The women posted a 13-6 record for their most wins since 1998. The Diplomats returned to conference postseason competition for the first time since 2007, falling to Haverford in the CC semifinals. Caitlin Rummelsburg ’17 and Anya Sahaydachny ’14 reached as high as No. 14 in the regional doubles rankings, tallying an 11-7 record together. Nicole Russo ’17 was named CC Rookie of the Year and Sean Kelleher was CC Coach of the Year.

The men’s team earned its fifth straight trip to the conference playoffs, finishing the year with an 11-7 overall record. The Diplomats received strong singles play from William MacArthur ’14 and Joshua Kane ’17, and doubles play from MacArthur and Nolan Bacchieri ’15.


Track & Field

Rebecca Swisher ’16 (pictured) became the first F&M women’s field athlete to earn All-America status after finishing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships. Several members of the women's team broke school records throughout the season, including Swisher in the pole vault and Maya Jackson ’17 in the shot put.

On the men’s side, Leo Generali ’15, Derek Pawlush ’15, Luk Olenginski ’15 and Greg Olenginski ’15 shattered the F&M and CC Championship 4 x 800 relay records with a time of 7:40.46. Vincent Acosta ’15 had several high finishes, including first place in the shot put, second place in the discus, and third in the javelin at the Little Three Meet. He also won the discus at the West Chester Open.


Athletic Hall of Fame: Class of 2014

Franklin & Marshall will induct seven individuals and one team into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 24-26. For more information on the honorees, visit GoDiplomats.com/2014HOF.

•          John Conti ’79 was a two-time All-American in men’s lacrosse and helped the Diplomats to the conference title in 1977.

•          Sam Nolt ’60, a two-sport athlete in soccer and tennis, co-captained the 1960 soccer team after returning from a severe leg injury. He earned all-region honors following the season.

•          Heather Rice ’03, a two-time conference Player of the Year in soccer, left her name on the F&M record book by placing first in assists (35), third in points (113) and seventh in goals (39).

•          Krystle Satrum ’04 dominated the backstroke during her four years as an F&M swimmer, earning All-America honors six times. She was a three-time national champion in the 200 backstroke and earned the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer honor all four years.

•          Larry Shadek ’72, an F&M Trustee, was a three-year starter in football and baseball. As a quarterback, he led the football team to the 1971 conference title. On the diamond, he was a two-time captain and received all-conference honors in 1972. He also served as the first chairman of the Diplomat Athletic Club and has been a major philanthropic contributor to the College.

•          Tami Videon ’96, a three-time all-conference lacrosse player, earned All-America honors twice and graduated among the career leaders in multiple statistical categories.

•          Dave Walker ’89 is one of F&M’s most accomplished men’s golfers, being the only two-time All-American in program history.

•          The 1974 football team rolled to a 9-0 record on its way to the conference championship. The unblemished record marked the fifth and last time in program history that the football team finished the season without a loss.




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