June 14, 2016
Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Expands to 10 Schools
Addition of Cabrini, St. Mary's Makes MARC Largest Division III Rowing Conference
Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Commissioner Phil Schmehl has announced the formal acceptance of Cabrini College and St. Mary's College of Maryland as conference member schools beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Cabrini College, which will become Cabrini University on July 1st, will introduce women's rowing as a varsity sport this fall, while St. Mary's will elevate its men's and women's rowing programs to varsity status this fall.
The addition of Cabrini and St. Mary's brings the MARC's membership level to 10 women's programs and six men's programs. The MARC will now be the largest Division III women's rowing conference in the country. Current MARC member schools include Franklin & Marshall, Marietta, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton, and Washington College for both genders and Bryn Mawr, Johnson & Wales (R.I.), and North Park for women only.
"The MARC is very excited about the additions of Cabrini and St. Mary's College of Maryland," notes Schmehl. "Both have already hired excellent coaches and have established infrastructure so their programs are poised for immediate growth."
St. Mary's hired former Washington College men's rowing assistant coach Dan Hagelberg as head coach last summer. Cabrini announced the hiring of Janit Gorka in January. Gorka had worked for several years as a reporter and photographer for Row2K and has a strong background in coaching and rowing. St. Mary's competed as a guest school at the MARC Championships for the past several years.