March 31, 2004

March 31, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State University claimed the top spot in the first USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll of the regular season, while Western Washington University and Colby College topped the Division II and Division III polls, respectively.

In Division I, Ohio State earned 10 first-place votes and moved up from its No. 9 preseason ranking to the top position. The University of California at Berkeley also made a big jump in the poll, moving from preseason No. 11 to the second spot. California received two first-place votes. Princeton University maintained its No. 3 ranking, while Michigan (two first-place votes) and Harvard (three first-place votes) ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Seventh ranked Yale University also received three first-place votes.

Western Washington was the unanimous choice in the Division II preseason poll and kept the top spot in the first regular season poll, earning five of six first-place votes. Mercyhurst College and Humboldt State University tied for second, while fourth-ranked Florida Tech received the other first-place vote.

In the Division III poll, Colby College earned seven first-place votes to take the top spot in the poll. The United States Coast Guard Academy (three first-place votes) ranked second. Smith College, Ithaca College, and Williams College rounded out the top five.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1. The Ohio State University (10) 383 9
2. University of California at Berkeley (2) 345 11
3. Princeton University 335 3t
4. University of Michigan (2)316 2
5. Harvard University (3) 303 5
6. Brown University 300 1
7. Yale University (3) 298 3t
8. University of Virginia 287 7
9. Michigan State University 244 8
10. University of Washington 224 10
11. University of Southern California 177 12
12. Washington State University 165 15
13. Boston University 147 16
14. University of Tennessee 142 13
15. Syracuse University 102 17
16. Cornell University 95 NR
17. Stanford University 88 6
18. Duke University 76 18
19. University of Texas 67 14
20. University of Notre Dame 31 NR
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Wisconsin 21, University of Iowa 18, University of Minnesota 14, Oregon State University 8, University of Pennsylvania 8, Boston College 2, Clemson University 2, and University of California at Los Angeles 2.

 

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1. Western Washington University (5) 29 1
2t. Humboldt State University 14 3t
2t. Mercyhurst College 14 2
4. Florida Tech (1) 13 3t
5. Nova Southeastern 11 NR
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Barry University 6, University of California at San Diego 3.

 

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank
1. Colby College (7) 195 1t
2. United States Coast Guard Academy (3) 179 1t
3. Smith College 160 3
4. Ithaca College 157 5t
5. Williams College 154 4
6. University of Puget Sound 129 7
7. Trinity College 123 8
8. Vassar College 112 5t
9. Washington College 98 11
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute 96 12
11. Mt. Holyoke College 91 14
12. William Smith College 87 9
13. Wellesley College 82 10
14t. Connecticut College 66 13
14t. Lewis & Clark College 66 NR
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Tufts University 37, Marietta College 32, Pacific Lutheran University 27, Willamette University 25, Rochester Institute of Technology 15, Bates College 13, and Wesleyan University 6.