Brown and Barry Hold Position, Bates Moves Up in Third USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll

by Ed Moran, | Apr 06, 2016
PRINCETON, N.J. – Brown University had a strong weekend of racing and was the consensus pick as the top Division I program in the third regular season USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Collegiate Rowing Polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.
HOCR_Bates_01PRINCETON, N.J. – Brown University had a strong weekend of racing and was the consensus pick as the top Division I program in the third regular season USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Collegiate Rowing Polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

Brown won all five of its races against Harvard-Radcliffe University and Dartmouth College in dual racing Saturday morning on Boston's Charles River to earn 23 first-place votes. It was the eighth consecutive year Brown has defeated Harvard-Radcliffe in the regular season, moving the Bears to 18-8 all time in the series.

The University of California earned two first-place votes and ranked second following four victories at the 43rd San Diego Crew Classic in the collegiate women’s varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight and varsity four races.

“My goal is to help lead my team to a national title and again win Pac-12,” said senior Kendall Chase, a three-time U.S. national team athlete at the junior and under 23 level. “This, being my senior year, I don’t want to take anything for granted. You work so hard for those few races and it is a total team effort. Everyone has to buy into the plan and hopefully it will pay off for that national title."
The Ohio State University and University of Virginia tied for third in the DI rankings. Yale University finished fifth.

In the DII poll, Barry University held at number one with five first-place votes and was recognized as the Sunshine State Conference Boat of the Week. Barry heads to Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., for the Knecht Cup this weekend.

Ranked second in the DII poll is the University of Central Oklahoma, followed by Nova Southeastern University. Mercyhurst University and Western Washington University rounded out the top five.

Bates College took over the top spot in the DIII poll, coming off of a dominant weekend on the Charles River, defeating both Simmons College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lightweight women. Williams College dropped behind Bates in the ranking to number two, and Wellesley College held in third. Ithaca College and Wesleyan University ranked four and five, respectively.  

Women’s NCAA Division I Team Rankings
Team (1st-Place Votes), Total Votes, Previous Week Ranking  

1. Brown University (23), 490, 1
2. University of California (2), 456, 2
3t. The Ohio State University, 411, 3
3t. University of Virginia, 411, 4
5. Yale University, 377, 5
6. University of Texas, 353, 9
7. Stanford University, 351, 6
8. University of Washington, 343, 8
9. Princeton University, 319, 10
10. University of Michigan, 309, 7
11. University of Southern California, 265, 14
12. University of Wisconsin, 198, 13
13. Indiana University, 170, 12
14. Washington State University, 125, 11
15. Gonzaga University, 110, 18
16. University of Iowa, 107, NR
17. Harvard-Radcliffe University, 93, 17
18. University of Notre Dame, 70, 16
19t. University of Louisville, 62, 15
19t. Syracuse University, 62, 19

Others Receiving Votes in Alphabetical Order: Duke University, Michigan State University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Diego.        

Women’s NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week Ranking     

1. Barry University (5), 200, 1
2. University of Central Oklahoma, 125, 4
3. Nova Southeastern University, 115, 6
4. Mercyhurst University, 109, 2
5. Western Washington University, 92, 3
6. Florida Institute of Technology, 87, 8
7. University of California, San Diego, 66, 5
8. Humboldt State University, 54, 7
Others Receiving Votes: Philadelphia University (35), Seattle Pacific University (9), Merrimack College (4), Franklin Pierce College (3), University of Charleston (1).  
Women’s NCAA Division III Team Rankings
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week Ranking  

1. Bates College (7), 146, 2
2. Williams College (3), 144, 1
3. Wellesley College, 121, 3
4. Ithaca College, 118, 4
5. Wesleyan University, 115, 5
6. Trinity College, 104, 7
7. Tufts University, 85, 6
8. Rochester Institute of Technology, 65, 8
9. Colby College, 59, 9
10. Hamilton College, 55, 10
11. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 36, 13
12. Pacific Lutheran University, 34, 14
13. Simmons College, 29, 11
14. William Smith College, 24, 12
15. Lewis and Clark College, 18, NR
Other Receiving Votes: University of Puget Sound (14), United States Coast Guard Academy (12), University of Rochester (8), Washington College (6), Franklin & Marshall College (6), Marietta College (1).

Click here for past poll results.

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