Showdown For Brown and Cal, Barry and Bates Hold in the USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll

by Ed Moran, | Apr 13, 2016
Some of the highest ranked schools in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I poll, will get the chance to race each other this weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
brownPRINCETON, N.J. – Some of the highest ranked schools in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I poll, will get the chance to race each other this weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

The biggest showdown will see Brown University take on the University of California, programs which finished first and second in the DI poll for the third consecutive week. Barry University and Bates College held positions in the DII and DIII rankings in this week's regular season poll, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

The Bears earned 23 first-place votes to rank first in the DI poll, while Cal took two first-place votes to finish second. University of Virginia was third. The Ohio State University and Yale University rounded out the top five.

Brown took over the top of the rankings in the second week of regular season polling from preseason favorite Ohio after defeating both the Buckeyes and Princeton University. Brown followed that with victories over Harvard-Radcliffe University and Dartmouth College the following weekend.

California has consistently ranked second in 2016 polls and continued a strong showing this season at the 43rd San Diego Crew Classic, scoring wins in the collegiate women’s varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, and varsity four races.

natoma15The two schools will meet this weekend at the Lake Natoma Classic, which is being co-hosted by Sacramento State University and California and will include the following top-20 ranked schools: Brown (1), California (2), Stanford University (7), University of Wisconsin (12), Gonzaga University (15), University of Iowa (16) and Notre Dame (18), along with Sac State and Loyola Marymount University. California won the battle last year, taking the final over Brown and Stanford and capturing the team title.

In DII polling, Barry held its number one raking and claimed all five first-place votes. The Bucs continued a strong season, winning the club four and club eight events in the DI/DII Knecht Cup final last weekend on Mercer Lake, West Windsor, N.J. The University of Central Oklahoma was ranked second and Florida Institute of Technology was third. Mercyhurst University and Nova Southeastern University finished fourth and fifth.

"You should have seen them race on Saturday in rain and 28 degrees," said Barry University coach Boban Rankovic. "When they got off the water, they were soaked and could not talk with how cold they were. The day before we left it was 85 and sunny at home. I'm really proud for the great weekend of racing, considering all the outside elements."

Barry is scheduled to compete in the SSC Championships on April 29 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

HOCR_Bates_02Division III Bates College took all 10 first-place votes, continuing to lead the pack in that poll after its top two eights swept a five-team field on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Bates beat Wellesley College, Trinity College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Wesleyan University ranks second in the fourth week poll and Wellesley College finished third. Williams College and Ithaca College completed the top five.

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

1. Brown University (23), 492, 1
2. University of California (2), 453, 2
3. University of Virginia, 411, 3t
4. The Ohio State University, 400, 3t
5. Yale University, 380, 5
6. University of Washington, 353, 8
7. Stanford University, 352, 7
8. University of Texas, 351, 6
9. Princeton University, 319, 9
10. University of Michigan, 316, 10
11. University of Southern California, 270, 11
12. University of Wisconsin, 225, 12
13. Indiana University, 153, 13
14. Washington State University, 131, 14
15. Gonzaga University, 118, 15
16. University of Iowa, 103, 16
17. Harvard-Radcliffe University, 99, 17
18. University of Notre Dame, 65, 18
19. Syracuse University, 61, 19t
20. University of Louisville, 55, 19t

Others Receiving Votes in Alphabetical Order: Duke 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, 117, 2
3. Florida Institute of Technology, 109, 6
4. Mercyhurst University, 105, 4
5. Nova Southeastern University, 98, 3
6. Western Washington University, 96, 5
7. Humboldt State University, 59, 8
8. University of California, San Diego, 53, 7    

Others Receiving Votes: Merrimack College 37, Philadelphia University 26.        

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

1. Bates College (10), 150, 1
2. Wesleyan University, 127, 5
3. Wellesley College, 125, 3
4. Williams College, 123, 2
5. Ithaca College, 115, 4
6. Trinity College, 105, 6
7t. Tufts University, 78, 7
7t. Rochester institute of Technology, 78, 8
9. Colby College, 69, 9
10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 49, 11
11. Pacific Lutheran University, 47, 12
12. Hamilton College, 44, 10
13. Simmons College, 27, 13
14. Lewis and Clark College, 19, 15
15. William Smith College, 18, 14  
Other Receiving Votes: United States Coast Guard Academy 9, Washington College 6, University of Puget Sound 6, University of Rochester 4, Franklin & Marshall College 1.      

Click here for past poll results.

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