March 15, 2008

March 15, 2008

Yale University claimed the top spot in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, while Western Washington University and Trinity College topped the Division II and III polls, respectively.

In Division I, Yale University earned 21 of 24 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking. Virginia, with two first-place votes, ranked second, followed by Brown, Southern California and Ohio State. Princeton, which ranked sixth, received the other first-place vote.

Western Washington was a unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, receiving all six first-place votes. Dowling College ranked second, while the University of California at San Diego ranked third.

Trinity College received six of eight first-place votes to take the top spot in the Division III poll. Williams College ranked second, followed by Bates College, Smith College, and Ithaca College. Williams received the other two first-place votes.

The first regular season poll will be released on March 26.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Yale University (21) 477
2. University of Virginia (2) 431
3. Brown University 397
4. University of Southern California 393
5. The Ohio State University 350
6. Princeton University (1) 344
7. University of Tennessee 316
8. University of Michigan 294
9. University of California 249
10. Stanford University 236
11. Harvard University 201
12. University of California at Los Angeles 184
13. University of Minnesota 162
14. Washington State University 161
15. Notre Dame University 153
16. University of Washington 109
17. Clemson University 108
18. Dartmouth College 107
19. University of Wisconsin 104
20. University of Louisville 83
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Northeastern University 44, Michigan State University 41, University of Central Florida 38, Oregon State University 15, University of Texas 15, University of Alabama 12, Gonzaga University 10, Boston University 2, George Mason University 2, Bucknell University 1, and St. Joseph’s University 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Western Washington University (6) 30
2. Dowling College 19
3. University of California at San Diego 18
4. Nova Southeastern 16
5. Seattle Pacific University 4

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Trinity College (6) 158
2. Williams College (2) 154
3. Bates College 144
4. Smith College 119
5. Ithaca College 118
6. University of Puget Sound 113
7. Mt. Holyoke College 107
8. United States Coast Guard Academy 106
9. Tufts University 90
10. William Smith College 87
11. Colby College 74
12. Wesleyan University 59
13. University of Mary Washington 57
14. Hamilton College 45
15. Washington College 38
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Wellesley College 22, Lewis & Clark College 17, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 15, St. Lawrence University 12, Simmons College 9, Chapman University 8, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 8.