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Tie at the Top of the First Regular Season USRowing Coaches Polls

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Mar 30, 2016
PRINCETON, N.J. – Defending national champion University of Washington enters its first week of dual racing tied at number one with Yale University in the first regular season 2016 USRowing Coaches poll.
yalePRINCETON, N.J. – Defending national champion University of Washington enters its first week of dual racing tied at number one with Yale University in the first regular season 2016 USRowing Coaches poll.

Washington carries its five-consecutive titles to the line at home against Brown University    this coming weekend. The Huskies have a lot to look forward to if the results from last week’s 115th Class Day Regatta are a measure of depth—the juniors defeated the seniors, and the freshmen beat the sophomores.

Yale University opened its dual racing Friday by defeating Brown University and winning the Albert Cup on the Housatonic River in Derby, Conn. The University of California was ranked third. Princeton University and Harvard University rounded out the top five.

In the lightweight men’s poll, Cornell University picked up where it left off last year and remained first. Cornell began racing last weekend, taking nine dual matches against heavyweight teams at the Ithaca College Invitational.

Princeton University ranked second and Columbia University was third. Harvard University and Yale University tied at fourth.

Among the lightweight women’s programs, defending national champion Stanford University swept its first races at the Pac-12 Challenge on Saturday against Cal, Santa Barbara and Western Washington University at Redwood Shores in Redwood, Calif. Stanford enters the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend ranked number one.

Boston University finished in a tie for second with Harvard-Radcliffe University and the University of Wisconsin and Princeton rounded out the top five.

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

1t. University of Washington (7), 231, 1
1t. Yale University (5), 231, 2    
3. University of California, 218, 3t
4. Princeton University, 208, 3t
5. Harvard University, 188, 5
6. Brown University,    177, 6
7. Cornell University,     164, 8t
8. Northeastern University, 156, 8t
9. Boston University, 140, 7
10. United States Naval Academy, 132, 11
11. Dartmouth College, 115, 10
12. University of Wisconsin, 90, 13
13. Columbia    University, 81, 14t
14. University of Pennsylvania, 79, 12
15. Stanford University, 73, 14t
16. Oregon State University, 58, 16
17. Florida Institute of Technology,     48, 18
18. Syracuse University, 40, 17
19. George Washington University,    29, 19
20. University of Michigan, 25, 20

Also receiving votes: Drexel University 14, College of the Holy Cross 12, Georgetown University 4, Hobart College 4, University of Virginia 2, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1.

(This week’s lightweight men’s eight voters: Wyatt Allen, Scott Alwin, James Barr, Geoff Bond, Paul Bugenhagen, Michael Callahan, Paul Cooke, Mark Davis, Rob Friedrich, Jim Granger, Todd Kennett, Gabe Winkler.)

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


1. Cornell University (7), 117
2. Princeton University (1) 96
3. Columbia University, 91
4t. Harvard University, 84
4t. Yale University, 84
6. University of Pennsylvania, 83
7. University of Delaware, 73
8. United States Naval Academy, 67    
9. Dartmouth College, 59
10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 50
11. Georgetown University, 43
12. Mercyhurst University, 36
13t. Georgia Institute of Technology, 16
13t.University of California, Santa Barbara, 16
15. University of California, 14

Also receiving votes: Purdue University 12, Washington State University 5, University of Pittsburgh 4, St. Joseph's University 2.

(This week’s lightweight men’s voters: Shawn Bagnall, Michiel Bartman, Andy Card, Martin Crotty, Jamie Francis, Sean Healey, Will Oliver, Nich Lee Parker.)

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


1. Stanford University (4) 86
2t. Boston University (1), 83
2t. Harvard-Radcliffe University (1), 83
4. University of Wisconsin, 71
5. Princeton University, 54
6.  University of Tulsa, 53
7t. Georgetown University, 52
7t. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 52
9. Bucknell University, 43
10. Villanova University, 39
11 University of California, 27
12. Pennsylvania State University, 19
13. Washington State University, 17
14. Oklahoma City University, 16
15. Purdue University, 14

Also receiving votes: University of Oregon 8, Clemson University 3.

(This week’s lightweight women’s voters: Derek Byrnes, Malcolm Doldron, Steve Full, Dusty Mattison, Claire Martin-Doyle, Rodney Mott.)

Click here for past poll results.

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