Board of Directors Conference Call

CRCA Conference Call Minutes

Present:  Andrew Teitelbaum, President (Central) Head Coach of Ohio State University. Joe Wilhelm (East) Head Coach of Northeastern University Mark Rothstein (Central) Head Coach of the University of Michigan Sandra Chu (DII/DIII At-Large) Head Coach of William Smith College Eleanor McElvaine (West) Head Coach of University of Washington Aimee Baker (West) Head Coach of Stanford University Becky Robinson (DII/DIII At-Large) Head Coach of Ithaca College

Missing:  Jason Steele, Secretary (East) Head Coach of Worcester Polytechnic Institute Steve Kisch, Treasurer/Vice President (Mid-Atlantic) Head Coach of Bucknell University Kevin Harris (South) Head Coach of the University of Tulsa Mike Hughes (Mid-Atlantic) Head Coach to the Naval Academy Kevin Sauer (South) Head Coach of the University of Virginia

NCAA Championship Committee Update:  Andy Teitelbaum began the meeting with an update from the NCAA Championship Committee. In discussions between the NCAA, Andy Teitelbaum and Kevin Sauer, Chairperson of the CRCA Championship Committee, the NCAA indicated they would look at expansion of the DI Championship to 16 Teams and 2 At-Large bids. Both CRCA representatives supported this idea and indicated the CRCA would draft a letter officially supporting this expansion which is to be reviewed by the NCAA during this summer. If decided upon, the expansion would be implemented during the spring of 2009.

Budget:  Andy then briefly reviewed the CRCA budget which was found to be strong, with no anticipated issues.

Championship Issues:  Discussion then returned to Championship related items. Big East coaches have been in support of procuring an automatic qualifier for their conference. Andy indicated his belief this would not be a possibility until the field was expanded. Tina Krah, of the NCAA indicated the sport was not ready for this automatic qualifier, and that it would potentially weaken the field given the number of conferences that would then push for automatic qualifiers. She indicated there were a number of smaller, less competitive conferences that could combine together with the intent of gaining an AQ. The NCAA’s position is to keep this Championship as competitive as possible, and that it would not favor a AQ for conferences.

Fourth Coaching Position:  Andy then brought up the concerns regarding the implementation of the current “restricted” 4th coaching position. Coaches that have been queried are unhappy with this decision and the CRCA is hoping to move the NCAA towards making this an unrestricted position. In order to do this it will be important to have a conference push the legislation forward. Eleanor McElvaine indicated she would discuss with Dave O’Neill and attempt to have the PAC-10 support this legislation. If not, Andy indicated he would try to have the Big 10 support this legislation.

Awards Update:  Aimee Baker was then asked to provide an update on awards. The CRCA is in the midst of awards season and everything seems on track. The only issues to mention were that All-America and Assistant Coach of the Year awards were a little behind and that the timeline would be extended by 1 week. The conference call for All-America awards would be held on May 31st. This year the Clemson SID handled the PR and communication was not timely. Andy Teitelbaum indicated he would look to determine if the Ohio State SID could become involved for 2006-2007. Andy continued the meeting with updates from each of the committees.

Nominating Committee:  The Nominating Committee had no updates as there are currently no positions to fill within the CRCA Board.

Polling Committee:  Eleanor McElvaine then provided an update on the 2006 Coaches Poll. She indicated there were numerous challenges in the early stages of the coaches’ poll. She found that DI New England Coaches and DII/DIII coaches did not always provide timely polling. The poll did not start on-time and pollsters indicated that results were difficult to find. Eleanor will follow up with each moderator to determine what steps can be taken to streamline the process.

Coaching Education Committee:  Sandra Chu updated the BOD on the work of the Coaching Education committee. In an effort to expand coaching educational opportunities the CRCA had hoped to provide CRCA members with an educational opportunity at the USRowing Conference. Willie Black of USRowing expressed some concerns about isolating USRowing members who were non-CRCA coaches from activities to be held at the USRowing Conference. With this valid concern the committee has presented the idea of providing an independent CRCA Coaches conference, to be held in June of 2007. Andy supported this concept as he felt it provided a unique benefit to CRCA members. The discussion then centered on logistics such as actual dates, what topics to cover, where to hold the event, and who might serve as a keynote speaker. The idea had strong support from other Directors and this topic will be presented to the membership to solicit feedback in the hopes of moving forward. Becky Robinson then updated the Board on the status of the Pocock Sponsorship. Pocock continues to be supportive of their sponsorship of the CRCA. Andy indicated a hope that the CRCA would continue to work towards making this a good value to Pocock and suggested we continue to explore ideas to enhance the value of sponsorship.

Hall of Fame Committee:  There was no update on the Hall of Fame.

Website Update:  There was a limited update on the status of the website. A phone call to Jason Steele yielded he has had limited progress. The decision has been made to have Ed Hewitt from Row2k re-design the website but that contact with Ed had been limited. He indicated he would use the summer to get this up and running.

Administrative Assistant:  Carrie Davis was then introduced as the new administrative assistant for the CRCA. She will assist in processing new memberships as well as assisting in the production of the member directory and helping with the Awards Committee.

Topics for Upcoming Membership Meeting:  The conversation was open to determine topics to be presented at Saturday’s membership meeting. It was determined that the following topics would be presented:  1. Report on the Championship expansion. 2. Solicit conference support to change GA position to unrestricted. 3. The coaching education initiative. 4. Discussion of the current weight of coxswains. ” Is women’s rowing ready to raise the minimum weight of coxswains to 115lbs. What are the pros and cons? 5. Given concerns about Championship selection, how should this topic be presented? ” It was determined best to keep the CRCA from being involved. Members of the NCAA selection committee would be asked to lead the discussion. 6. NCAA results website was determined to be the last major topic to be covered at tomorrow’s meeting.

Andy then adjourned the meeting.

May 18, 2005

The University of California at Berkeley took over the top spot in the final USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, while Western Washington University topped the final Division II poll. The Division III poll concluded last week.
In Division I, the California received 15 of the 24 first-place votes to take over the top spot in the poll following its victory at the Pacific 10 Championships. Yale University received eight first-place votes to move into second place, while The Ohio State University received the remaining first-place to rank No. 3. Princeton University and Brown University rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University was once again the unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, earning all five first-place votes. Barry University ranked second, while Mercyhurst College and Nova Southeastern tied for the third position. In last week’s final Division III poll, Trinity College earned the top spot.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. University of California at Berkeley (15), 466, 2
2. Yale University (8), 458, 6
3. The Ohio State University (1), 433, 4
4. Princeton University, 417, 1
5. Brown University, 359, 8
6. University of Tennessee, 354, 11
7. University of Virginia, 328, 9
8. Stanford University, 319, 10
9. Harvard University, 295, 5
10. University of Southern California, 268, 13
11. University of Wisconsin, 239, 14
12. University of Michigan, 221, 7
13. University of Washington, 180, 12
14. Michigan State University, 176, 3
15. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 127, 18
16. Syracuse University, 111, 16
17. University of Minnesota, 106, 15
18. Boston University, 58, 17
19. Washington State University, 40, 19
20. University of Iowa, 31, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Notre Dame 18, University of Louisville 14, University of Pennsylvania 12, Northeastern University 7, Indiana University 2, and Oregon State University 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (5), 25, 1
2. Barry University, 19, 3
3t. Mercyhurst College, 12, 4
3t. Nova Southeastern, 12, 2
5t. Florida Tech, 4, 5
5t. Univ. of California at San Diego, 4, NR

May 11, 2005

For the seventh consecutive week, Princeton University claimed the top spot in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. Western Washington University and Ithaca College topped the Division II and Division III polls, respectively.
In Division I, Princeton earned 14 of 23 first-place votes to remain atop the poll, while the University of California at Berkeley received nine first-place votes to keep the second position. Michigan State University, The Ohio State University and Harvard University rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University was the unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, earning all five first-place votes. Nova Southeastern ranked second, while Barry University moved into the third position.

In the Division III poll, Trinity College earned all eight first-place votes to take over the No. 1 ranking. Ithaca College fell to No. 2. Smith College, University of Puget Sound and Williams College rounded out the top five.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (14), 451, 1
2. University of California at Berkeley (9), 446, 2
3. Michigan State University, 407, 3
4. The Ohio State University, 372, 4
5. Harvard University, 360, 5
6. Yale University, 347, 6
7. University of Michigan, 329, 7
8. Brown University, 291, 8
9. University of Virginia, 286, 9
10. Stanford University, 255, 10
11. University of Tennessee, 229, 11
12. University of Washington, 193, 12
13. University of Southern California, 177, 13
14. University of Wisconsin, 163, 14
15. University of Minnesota, 126, 15
16. Syracuse University, 101, 16t
17. Boston University, 93, 18
18. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 91, 16t
19. Washington State University, 71, 19
20. University of Louisville, 19, 20

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Clemson University 5, Cornell University 4, United States Naval Academy 4, University of Iowa 3, Indiana University 2, Columbia University 1, Oregon State University 1, University of Massachusetts 1, University of Pennsylvania 1, and University of Texas 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (5), 25, 1
2. Nova Southeastern, 19, 2
3. Barry University, 13, 5
4. Mercyhurst College, 12, 3
5. Florida Tech, 6, 4

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Dowling College 1.

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Trinity College (8), 160, 2
2. Ithaca College, 150, 1
3. Smith College, 141, 5
4. University of Puget Sound, 137, 4
5. Williams College, 132, 3
6. United States Coast Guard Academy, 119, 8
7. Tufts University, 112, 9
8. Colby College, 105, 7
9. Mt. Holyoke College, 94, 6
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 90, 10
11. Wesleyan University, 58, 12
12. Bates College, 50, NR
13. William Smith College, 49, 13
14. Washington College, 46, 11
15. Marietta College, 37, 14

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Mary Washington 22, Pacific Lutheran University 19, Lewis & Clark College 14, Vassar College 13, Rochester Institute of Technology 6, and Simmons College 6.

May 4, 2005

For the sixth week in a row, Princeton University claimed the top spot in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. Western Washington University and Ithaca College topped the Division II poll and Division III polls, respectively.
In Division I, Princeton earned 10 of 17 first-place votes to remain atop the poll. The University of California at Berkeley received seven first-place votes to keep the second position, while Michigan State University moved into the third position after winning the Big 10 Championships this past weekend. The Ohio State University and Harvard University rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University was a unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, earning all four first-place votes. Nova Southeastern ranked second, while Mercyhurst College ranked third.

In the Division III poll, Ithaca College remained No. 1, earning six of nine first-place votes. Trinity College earned two first-place votes to stay in the second position, while Williams College ranked third. The University of Puget Sound (one first-place vote) and Smith College rounded out the top five.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (10), 333, 1
2. University of California at Berkeley (7), 330, 2
3. Michigan State University, 298, 7
4. The Ohio State University, 274, 4
5. Harvard University, 264, 5
6. Yale University, 257, 6
7. University of Michigan, 249, 3
8. Brown University, 215, 8
9. University of Virginia, 210, 10
10. Stanford University, 190, 9
11. University of Tennessee, 161, 11
12. University of Washington, 136, 12
13. University of Southern California, 134, 13
14. University of Wisconsin, 130, 14
15. University of Minnesota, 94, 15
16t. Syracuse University, 71, 17
16t. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 71, 18
18. Boston University, 69, 16
19. Washington State University, 53, 19
20. University of Louisville, 11, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Clemson University 4, United States Naval Academy 4, Indiana University 3, Columbia University 2, Cornell University 2, University of Iowa 2, Oregon State University 1, University of Massachusetts 1, and University of Texas 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (4), 20, 1
2. Nova Southeastern, 14, 2t
3. Mercyhurst College, 12, 2t
4. Florida Tech, 6, 4
5. Barry University, 3, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Dowling College 2.

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Ithaca College (6), 177, 1
2. Trinity College (2), 171, 2
3. Williams College, 158, 7
4. University of Puget Sound (1), 155, 4
5. Smith College, 147, 3
6. Mt. Holyoke College, 122, 6
7. Colby College, 118, 11
8. United States Coast Guard Academy, 113, 5
9. Tufts University, 110, 9
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 93, 8
11. Washington College, 91, 10
12. Wesleyan University, 77, 15
13. William Smith College, 64, 12
14. Marietta College, 47, 13
15. Pacific Lutheran University, 37, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Mary Washington 25, Bates College 21, Lewis & Clark College 13, Simmons College 10, and Vassar College 6.

April 27, 2005

For the fifth week in a row, Princeton University claimed the top spot in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. Western Washington University and Ithaca College topped the Division II and Division III polls, respectively.
In Division I, Princeton earned 12 of 22 first-place votes to remain atop the poll. The University of California at Berkeley received nine first-place votes to keep the second position, while the University of Michigan earned the remaining first-place vote to stay in third place. The Ohio State University and Harvard University rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University was a unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, earning all five first-place votes. Nova Southeastern and Mercyhurst College tied for the No. 2 ranking.

In the Division III poll, Ithaca College remained No. 1, earning eight of nine first-place votes. Trinity College earned one first-place vote to stay in the second position, while Smith College ranked third. The University of Puget Sound and the United States Coast Guard Academy rounded out the top five.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (12), 428, 1
2. University of California at Berkeley (9), 413, 2
3. University of Michigan (1), 393, 3
4. The Ohio State University, 361, 5
5. Harvard University, 345, 4
6. Yale University, 337, 8
7. Michigan State University, 320, 6
8. Brown University, 293, 7
9. Stanford University, 243, 9
10. University of Virginia, 242, 10
11. University of Tennessee, 227, 13
12. University of Washington, 186, 11
13. University of Southern California, 177, 12
14. University of Wisconsin, 133, 15
15. University of Minnesota, 117, 19
16. Boston University, 99, 16
17. Syracuse University, 91, 18
18. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 85, 14
19. Washington State University, 76, 17
20. University of Iowa, 20, 20

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Columbia University 12, University of Louisville 8, Clemson University 5, Cornell University 4, University of Pennsylvania 3, Duke University 1, and Northeastern University 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (5), 25, 1
2t. Mercyhurst College, 17, 3
2t. Nova Southeastern, 17, 2
4. Florida Tech, 8, 5
5. Dowling College, 5, 4

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Barry University 2 and Humboldt State University 1.

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Ithaca College (8), 177, 1
2. Trinity College (1), 171, 2
3. Smith College, 161, 3
4. University of Puget Sound, 157, 4
5. United States Coast Guard Academy, 138, 8
6. Mt. Holyoke College, 128, 6
7. Williams College, 126, 5
8. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 120, 7
9. Tufts University, 92, 10
10. Washington College, 88, 12
11. Colby College, 84, 9
12. William Smith College, 54, 13
13. Marietta College, 53, NR
14. Bates College, 52, 11
15. Wesleyan University, 50, 14

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Lewis & Clark College 32, Pacific Lutheran University 27, Rochester Institute of Technology 24, and University of Mary Washington 21.

April 20, 2005

For the fourth week in a row, Princeton University claimed the top spot in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. Western Washington University and Ithaca College topped the Division II and Division III polls, respectively.
In Division I, Princeton earned 16 of 22 first-place votes to remain atop the poll. The University of California at Berkeley moved into the second position after taking five first-place votes, while the University of Michigan earned one first-place vote and fell to third. Harvard University and The Ohio State University rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University was a unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, earning all four first-place votes. Nova Southeastern ranked second, while Mercyhurst College moved back into the top three.

In the Division III poll, Ithaca College took over the No. 1 spot in the poll, earning eight of 10 first-place votes. Trinity College earned one first-place vote, falling to No. 2, while Smith College also garnered one first-place vote and ranked third. The University of Puget Sound and Williams College rounded out the top five.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (16), 434, 1
2. University of California at Berkeley (5), 402, 3
3. University of Michigan (1), 391, 2
4. Harvard University, 361, 5
5. The Ohio State University, 359, 4
6. Michigan State University, 318, 6
7. Brown University, 312, 7
8. Yale University, 311, 8
9. Stanford University, 242, 10
10. University of Virginia, 233, 9
11. University of Washington, 204, 11
12. University of Southern California, 187, 12
13. University of Tennessee, 167, 18
14. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 146, 13
15. University of Wisconsin, 139, 14
16. Boston University, 113, 15
17. Washington State University, 106, 17
18. Syracuse University, 104, 16
19. University of Minnesota, 30, 19
20. University of Iowa, 24, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Pennsylvania 11, University of Louisville 9, Cornell University 6, Duke University 6, Columbia University 3, and Oregon State University 2.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (4), 20, 1
2. Nova Southeastern, 15, 2
3. Mercyhurst College, 13, 4
4. Dowling College, 7, 5t
5. Florida Tech, 4, 3

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Humboldt State University 1.

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Ithaca College (8), 198, 3
2. Trinity College (1), 190, 1
3. Smith College (1), 182, 2
4. University of Puget Sound, 166, 4
5. Williams College, 159, 5
6. Mt. Holyoke College, 149, 7
7. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 133, 14
8. United States Coast Guard Academy, 116, 6
9. Colby College, 107, 8
10. Tufts University, 105, 13
11. Bates College, 91, 9
12. Washington College, 90, 12
13. William Smith College, 65, 10
14. Wesleyan University, 55, 11
15. Rochester Institute of Technology, 49, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Marietta College 38, Pacific Lutheran University 27, Lewis & Clark College 24, and Mary Washington College 6.

April 13, 2005

For the third week in a row, Princeton University claimed the top spot in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll. Western Washington University and Trinity College topped the Division II and Division III polls, respectively.

In Division I, Princeton earned 13 of 21 first-place votes to remain atop the poll. The University of Michigan earned two first-place votes to remain at No. 2, while the University of California at Berkeley (six first-place votes) moved up to third place. The Ohio State University and Harvard University rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University was a unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II poll, earning all five first-place votes. Nova Southeastern ranked second, while Florida Tech moved into the top three.

In the Division III poll, Trinity College took over the No. 1 spot in the poll, earning eight of nine first-place votes. Smith College earned the remaining first-place vote, falling to No. 2 in the poll after three weeks in the top spot. Ithaca College ranked third, followed by the University of Puget Sound and Williams College.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (13), 410, 1
2. University of Michigan (2), 382, 2
3. University of California at Berkeley (6), 378, 5
4. The Ohio State University, 350, 7
5. Harvard University, 348, 3
6. Michigan State University, 299, 8
7. Brown University, 282, 6
8. Yale University, 276, 4
9. University of Virginia, 270, 9
10. Stanford University, 228, 10
11. University of Washington, 205, 11
12. University of Southern California, 175, 12
13. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 152, 13
14. University of Wisconsin, 138, 14
15. Boston University, 131, 18
16. Syracuse University, 120, 15
17. Washington State University, 104, 16
18. University of Tennessee, 77, 17
19. University of Minnesota, 30, 19
20. University of Pennsylvania, 18, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Oregon State University 15, University of Texas 8, University of Louisville 7, University of Iowa 3, Clemson University 2, and Columbia University 2.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (5), 25, 1
2. Nova Southeastern, 19, 2
3. Florida Tech, 11, NR
4. Mercyhurst College, 8, 3
5t. Barry University, 5, 4
5t. Dowling College, 5, 5

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Humboldt State University 2.

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Trinity College (8), 179, 4
2. Smith College (1), 171, 1
3. Ithaca College, 161, 2
4. University of Puget Sound, 150, 5
5. Williams College, 139, 3
6. United States Coast Guard Academy, 137, 7
7. Mt. Holyoke College, 97, 11
8. Colby College, 93, 6
9. Bates College, 88, NR
10. William Smith College, 82, 9
11. Wesleyan University, 81, 8
12. Washington College, 79, 15
13. Tufts University, 68, NR
14. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 66, 10
15. Vassar College, 58, 12

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Pacific Lutheran University 27, Skidmore College 21, Lewis & Clark College 18, Marietta College 17, Mary Washington College 10, and Wellesley College 7.

April 6, 2005

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

In Division I, Princeton earned 21 of 25 first-place votes to remain atop the poll. The University of Michigan earned one first-place vote and moved up to No. 2, while Harvard University moved into the third position. Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, which received the remaining three first-place votes, rounded out the top five.

Western Washington University earned four of five first-place votes to take the top spot in the Division II poll. Nova Southeastern moved up one spot to No. 2, while last week’s No. 1 team, Mercyhurst College, fell to No. 3. Mercyhurst earned the remaining first-place vote.

In the Division III poll, Smith College once again was a unanimous No. 1 selection, earning all eight first-place votes. Ithaca College ranked second, followed by Williams College, Trinity College and University of Puget Sound.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (21), 493, 1
2. University of Michigan (1), 434, 5
3. Harvard University, 423, 7
4. Yale University, 421, 2
5. University of California at Berkeley (3), 417, 8
6. Brown University, 389, 4
7. The Ohio State University, 376, 3
8. Michigan State University, 308, 11
9. University of Virginia, 272, 6
10. Stanford University, 270, 13
11. University of Washington, 263, 9
12. University of Southern California, 216, 14
13. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 179, 19
14. University of Wisconsin, 158, 12
15. Syracuse University, 139, 18
16. Washington State University, 137, 16
17. University of Tennessee, 107, 10
18. Boston University, 69, 20
19. University of Minnesota, 65, NR
20. Oregon State University, 30, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Iowa 28, University of Texas 18, University of Notre Dame 15, Duke University 6, Columbia University 5, University of Louisville 5, Dartmouth College 4, Indiana University 1, Northeastern University 1 and San Diego State University 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Western Washington University (4), 24, 2
2. Nova Southeastern, 17, 3
3. Mercyhurst College (1), 15, 1
4. Barry University, 11, 5
5. Dowling College, 4, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Humboldt State University 2.

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Smith College (8), 160, 1
2. Ithaca College, 148, 2
3. Williams College, 134, 4
4. Trinity College, 128, 3
5. University of Puget Sound, 123, 7
6. Colby College, 111, 9
7. United States Coast Guard Academy, 106, 8
8. Wesleyan University, 103, 11
9. William Smith College, 93, 5
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 88, 6
11. Mt. Holyoke College, 78, 10
12. Vassar College, 63, NR
13. Lewis & Clark College, 51, 13
14. Marietta College, 49, 14
15. Washington College, 44, 12

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Pacific Lutheran University 34, Rochester Institute of Technology 29 and Simmons College 18.

March 30, 2005

Princeton University claimed the top spot in the first regular season USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, while Mercyhurst College and Smith College topped the Division II and Division III polls, respectively.

In Division I, preseason No. 1 Princeton earned 20 of 23 first-place votes to remain atop the poll. Yale University received one first-place vote to rank second, while Ohio State University moved up to the No. 3 position. Both Brown University and the University of Michigan received one first-place vote and rounded out the top five.

Defending national champion Mercyhurst College remained atop the Division II poll, receiving three of five first-place votes. Western Washington received the other two first-place votes to rank second, while Nova Southeastern moved into the third position.

In the Division III poll, Smith College earned all nine first-place votes to keep the top spot in the poll. Ithaca College ranked second, followed by Trinity College, Williams College, and William Smith College.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Princeton University (20), 453, 1
2. Yale University (1), 419, 2
3. The Ohio State University, 399, 5
4. Brown University (1), 392, 3
5. University of Michigan (1), 355, 4
6. University of Virginia, 327, 6
7. Harvard University, 320, 8
8. University of California at Berkeley, 313, 7
9. University of Washington, 273, 9
10. University of Tennessee, 236, 10
11. Michigan State University, 193, 11
12. University of Wisconsin, 192, 12
13. Stanford University, 168, 13
14. University of Southern California, 149, 14
15. University of Iowa, 105, NR
16. Washington State University, 103, 18t
17. University of Texas, 97, 15
18. Syracuse University, 82, 20
19. Univ. of California at Los Angeles, 67, NR
20. Boston University, 58, 18t

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Minnesota 36, University of Notre Dame 30, University of Louisville 13, Duke University 12, Oregon State University 12, Columbia University 11, Northeastern University 7, Indiana University 5, and Cornell University 3.
Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Mercyhurst College (3), 23, 1
2. Western Washington University (2), 21, 2
3. Nova Southeastern, 12, 5t
4. Humboldt State University, 9, 3
5. Barry University, 8, 4

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Florida Tech 1.
Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week
1. Smith College (9), 180, 1
2. Ithaca College, 164, 3
3. Trinity College, 155, 2
4. Williams College, 147, 4
5. William Smith College, 134, 5
6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 122, 6
7. University of Puget Sound, 120, 9
8. United States Coast Guard Academy, 114, 8
9. Colby College, 102, 7
10. Mt. Holyoke College, 99, 11
11. Wesleyan University, 84, 12
12. Washington College, 71, 13
13. Lewis & Clark College, 65, 10
14. Marietta College, 47, 14
15. Rochester Institute of Technology, 37, NR

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Bryn Mawr College 26, Vassar College 23, Tufts University 20, Mary Washington College 11, Wellesley College 11, St. Lawrence University 10, Bates College 7, and Simmons College 6.

March 9, 2005

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

In Division I, Princeton earned 12 first-place votes to take the top position. Yale University received three first-place votes to take the second position, while Brown University earned seven first-place votes to rank third. Two Big Ten Conference schools, the University of Michigan and Ohio State University, rounded out the top five.

Defending national champions Mercyhurst College earned the top spot in the Division II poll. Mercyhurst received three first-place votes. Western Washington received one first-place vote to rank second, while Humboldt State University took the third position.

In the Division III poll, Smith College earned eight first-place votes to take the top spot in the poll. Trinity College ranked second, followed by Ithaca College, Williams College, and William Smith College. Ithaca College received one first-place vote.

The first regular season poll will be released on March 30. The USRowing men’s collegiate poll, which is not affiliated with the CRCA, is also scheduled to be released on March 30.

Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points
1. Princeton University (12), 415
2. Yale University (3), 401
3. Brown University (7), 374
4. University of Michigan, 359
5. The Ohio State University, 357
6. University of Virginia, 326
7. University of California at Berkeley, 290
8. Harvard University, 286
9. University of Washington, 275
10. University of Tennessee, 209
11. Michigan State University, 198
12. University of Wisconsin, 183
13. Stanford University, 165
14. University of Southern California, 157
15. University of Texas, 136
16. University of Notre Dame, 107
17. Duke University, 77
18t. Boston University, 71
18t. Washington State University, 71
20. Syracuse University, 55

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of California at Los Angeles 39, Cornell University 21, Northeastern University 19, University of Minnesota 9, University of Massachusetts 7, University of Pennsylvania 7, Clemson University 3, University of Iowa 2, Dartmouth College 1.

Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Mercyhurst College (3), 19
2. Western Washington University (1), 15
3. Humboldt State University, 12
4. Barry University, 10
5t. Nova Southeastern, 2
5t. University of California at San Diego, 2

Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Smith College (8), 179
2. Trinity College, 161
3. Ithaca College (1), 152
4. Williams College, 139
5. William Smith College, 134
6. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 121
7. Colby College, 118
8. United States Coast Guard Academy, 110
9. University of Puget Sound, 103
10. Lewis & Clark College, 99
11. Mt. Holyoke College, 88
12. Wesleyan University, 71
13. Washington College, 53
14. Marietta College, 43
15. Tufts University, 42

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Vassar College 36, Rochester Institute of Technology 28, Connecticut College 23, St. Lawrence University 21, Bates College 14, Mary Washington College 13, and Simmons College 7.