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Yale University Varsity and Lightweight Men Rank First, Stanford Women Hold

by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Apr 27, 2016
PRINCETON, N.J. – Yale University ended its dual racing schedule undefeated after taking down both Cornell and Princeton to win the Carnegie Cup for the third consecutive year, finishing first in the week five USRowing Coaches Poll.
yalePRINCETON, N.J.  – Yale University ended its dual racing schedule undefeated after taking down both Cornell and Princeton to win the Carnegie Cup for the third consecutive year, finishing first in the week five USRowing Coaches Poll.

Yale had 13 first-place votes and finished the season as the only undefeated Ivy League school with the Eastern Sprints coming up May 15 in Worcester, Mass. The University of California moved up from number four to number two after sweeping the University of Washington in the 105th Schoch Cup on the Redwood Shores course. 

Princeton University finished third in the poll, followed by Washington, which earned one first-place vote. Harvard University closed out the top five.

columbiaIn the lightweight men’s poll, Yale University held the top spot after sweeping Dartmouth College last weekend in Hanover, N.H. The Yale lights earned all nine first-place votes. Columbia University broke last week’s tie for second place after defeating Cornell University to win the Geiger Cup Saturday for the first time since 2013. Columbia closed out the weekend defeating Dartmouth to retain the Subin Cup.

Princeton University ranked third. Cornell was fourth and the United States Naval Academy was fifth.

Stanford University’s No. 1-ranked lightweight women were off last week but remained the top pick in the lightweight women’s poll with six first-place votes.

BUBoston University followed in second after winning the Lightweight Beanpot against Harvard-Radcliffe and Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Boston’s Charles River for the first time in the program’s four-year existence.

“When things come together like they did on Saturday, it says a lot,” said head coach Malcolm Doldron. “It reinforces the things we do every day. It helps to validate some of the sacrifices that everybody makes. I think it’s great for our fans, our alumni and the BU community to see a young program like ours step up and do something that hasn’t been done before.”

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


1. Yale University (13), 279, 1
2. University of California, 259, 4
3. Princeton University, 252, 3
4. University of Washington (1), 246, 2
5. Harvard University, 220, 5
6. Brown University, 213, 6
7. Boston University, 191, 7
8. Cornell University, 189, 9
9. Northeastern University, 170, 8
10. University of Pennsylvania, 144, 13
11. Syracuse University, 137, 11
12. Dartmouth College, 123, 10
13. United States Naval Academy, 101, 12
14. University of Wisconsin, 87, 16
15. Stanford University, 84, 15
16. Drexel University, 70, 14
17. George Washington University, 63, 17
18. Columbia University, 38, 18
19. Oregon State University, 29, 20
20. Florida Institute of Technology, 27, 19

Others receiving votes: College of the Holy Cross 6, University of Michigan 5,
Hobart College 3, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 3, Georgetown University 1.

(This week’s varsity men’s eight voters: Scott Alwin, Jim Barr, Geoff Bond, Paul Bugenhagen, Michael Callahan, Paul Cooke, Mark Davis, Rob Friedrich, Steve Gladstone, Greg Hughes, Todd Kennett, Tom Sanford, Paul Savell, Gabe Winkler.)

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

1. Yale University (9), 135, 1
2. Columbia University, 124, 2t
3. Princeton University, 119, 2t    
4. Cornell University, 108, 4
5. United States Naval Academy, 98, 6   
6. Harvard University, 89, 5
7. University of Pennsylvania, 87, 7
8. University of Delaware, 65, 8
9. Dartmouth College, 62, 9
10. Mercyhurst University, 47, 11
11. Georgetown University, 46, 10
12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 37, 12
13. University of California, Santa Barbara, 31, 13
14. Georgia Institute of Technology, 17, 14
15. University of California, 10, 15

Others receiving votes: Purdue University 2, University of Pittsburgh 2, St. Joseph's University 1.

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

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


1. Stanford University (6), 90, 1
2. Boston University, 84, 2
3. University of Wisconsin, 76, 3
4. Harvard-Radcliffe University, 74, 4
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 65, 5
6. Princeton University, 59, 6
7. Georgetown University, 51, 8
8. University of Tulsa, 41, 7
9. Villanova University, 34, 9
10. Bucknell University, 27, 10
11. Pennsylvania State University, 25, 14
12. University of California, 23, 11
13. Washington State University, 21, 12
14. Oklahoma City University, 15, 13
15. Clemson University, 13, NR

Others receiving votes: Purdue University 13, University of Oregon 9.

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

Click here for past poll results.

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