California, Barry and Williams Top the Final Regular Season USRowing/CRCA Poll

by Ed Moran, | May 18, 2016
A weekend of successful racing earned the University of California first-place status in the final regular season USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.
PRINCETON, N.J. – A weekend of successful racing earned the University of California first-place status in the final regular season USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

California won three of four varsity events at the Pac-12 Championships on Lake Natoma,16WCrew V4+ BD 023 copy in Gold River, Calif., tallying 23 first-place votes to move ahead of Brown University's women’s eight that was upset in the grand final of the Ivy League Championship on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J.

Meanwhile, at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, The Ohio State University, which carries a string of four consecutive championships into NCAA weekend, confirmed its intention to defend that streak with a fourth consecutive Big 10 title Sunday. The program ranked second with two first-place votes. Ohio was the preseason poll favorite but fell to four halfway through the season before edging up.

Princeton ranked 11th in the early polling but moved to fifth this week on the strength of its Ivy championship performance. Due to high winds, the event moved from Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., to Princeton’s home court and was reformatted to a four-lane grand final. Brown won the overall Ivy points trophy, winning medals in all six events, but fell to fourth in the wake of the Tiger’s upset win.

"There were a lot of schedule changes and logistics to figure out, but I think we were able to keep calm and unfazed," Princeton senior Meghan Wheeler said after the racing. “It's not hard to remain focused when all you have to do is race your hardest and give it your all, and that's what we did. Those final strokes were really special," she said.

All of this sets the stage for a weekend thriller at the 2016 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, May 27-29, on Lake Natoma, in Gold River, Calif.

In the DII polling, Barry University put its stamp on the poll season, earning five first-place votes and finishing first after winning the varsity four and varsity eight final at the Dad Vail W_V1_Spring_2015_purple_shirts_618_420_ copyRegatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. University of Central Oklahoma finished second and Humboldt State University was third. Western Washington University and Nova Southeastern University rounded out the top five.

Williams College earned six first-place votes and moved up to first place from third in the DIII poll. Bates College was second with four first-place votes, followed in third by Wesleyan University. Ithaca College was fourth and Wellesley College was fifth.

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

1. University of California (23), 487 2    
2. The Ohio State University (2), 443, 3    
3. University of Virginia, 415, 5    
4. Brown University, 395, 1    
5. Princeton University, 390, 9    
6. Stanford University, 368, 6    
7. University of Washington, 334, 4    
8. University of Texas, 330, 8    
9. University of Michigan, 307, 10    
10t. University of Wisconsin, 284, 11    
10t. Yale University, 284, 7    
12. Duke University, 201, 19    
13. University of Southern California, 172, 12    
14. Washington State University, 159, 13    
15. Syracuse University, 144, 16    
16. Indiana University, 139, 14    
17. University of Notre Dame, 128, 15    
18. Gonzaga University, 93, 17    
19. University of San Diego, 60, NR    
20. University of Iowa, 31, NR    

Others Receiving Votes in Alphabetical Order: Harvard-Radcliffe University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Louisville, University of Minnesota.    

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, 170, 2
3. Humboldt State University, 128, 8
4. Western Washington University, 116, 5
5. Nova Southeastern University, 113, 3t
6. Mercyhurst University, 78, 3t
7. Florida Institute of Technology, 51, 6
8. University of California, San Diego, 22, 7
Others Receiving Votes: Merrimack College (16), Philadelphia University (6).   

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

1. Williams College (6), 146, 3
2. Bates College (4), 144, 1
3. Wesleyan University, 128, 2
4. Ithaca College, 118, 5
5. Wellesley College, 108, 4
6. Trinity College, 94, 6
7. Pacific Lutheran University, 90, 8t
8. Tufts University, 84, 7
9. Rochester institute of Technology, 58, 8t
10. Hamilton College, 50, 11
11. Colby College, 40, 8t
12. University of Rochester, 36, 12
13. Washington College, 28, 13t
14. Lewis and Clark College, 26, NR
15t. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 16, 13t
15t. William Smith College, 16, 15
Other Receiving Votes: Marietta College (8), Smith College (4), Franklin & Marshall College (4), University of Puget Sound (2).
Click here for past poll results.

As championships season draw closer, check out the Collegiate Series Blog for the latest information, photos and results.

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