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University of Washington Tops 2016 USRowing Preseason Coaches Poll

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Mar 24, 2016
The University of Washington ended its 2015 season by sweeping all five Intercollegiate Rowing Association grand finals and winning its ninth-straight team points championship. It starts the new season as the coaches’ choice for the top program in the country in the USRowing preseason varsity men’s poll. With five first-place votes to its favor, the Huskies race the university's 115 Class Day Regatta on Saturday as the team to beat in 2016.
washPRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Washington ended its 2015 season by sweeping all five Intercollegiate Rowing Association grand finals and winning its ninth-straight team points championship.

Washington starts the new season as the coaches’ choice for the top program in the country in the USRowing preseason varsity men’s poll. With five first-place votes to its favor, the Huskies race the university's 115 Class Day Regatta on Saturday as the team to beat in 2016.

Voted second by the 12 men’s coaches that participated in the preseason poll was Yale University (three first-place votes). Yale lost to Washington in the IRA semifinal, but came back to defeat them at the 2015 Henley Royal Regatta in the final of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate. Princeton University and the University of California (three first-place votes) tied for third place. Harvard University rounded out the top five.

The lightweight varsity men’s and women’s polls scheduled for this week were cancelled due to lack of participation.

Men’s Varsity Eight
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points


1. University of Washington (5), 227
2. Yale University (3), 222
3t. University of California (3), 206
3t. Princeton University, 206
5. Harvard University, 182
6. Brown University, 177
7. Boston Uuniversity, 160
8t. Cornell University, 158
8t. Northeastern University, 158
10. Dartmouth College, 121
11. United States Naval Academy, 119
12. University of Pennsylvania, 106
13. University of Wisconsin, 99
14t. Columbia University (1), 78
14t. Stanford University, 78
16. Oregon State University, 49
17. Syracuse University, 46
18. Florida Institute of Technology, 33
19. George Washington University, 32
20. University of Michigan, 24

Others receiving votes: Hobart College 16, College of the Holy Cross 11, Drexel University 9, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3, Oklahoma City University 1.

(This week's voting coaches: Wyatt Allen, Scott Alwin, Craig Amerkhanian, Jim Barr, Michael Callahan, Paul Cooke, Brooks Dagman, Mark Davis, Rob Friedrich, Steve Gladstone, Greg Hughes and Todd Kennett.)

Click here for past polls.

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