Brown Back on Top While Barry and Bates Remain First in Week Seven Polling

by Ed Moran, Photos courtesy of and | May 04, 2016
Following NCAA regular season conclusion last weekend, Brown University reclaimed the top of the week seven USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.
brownPRINCETON, N.J. – Following the NCAA's regular season conclusion last weekend, Brown University reclaimed the top of the week seven USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

Brown finished up the duel match campaign against Yale University and won all three NCAA events on the SeeKonk River Saturday afternoon. The Bears earned six first-place votes after claiming the Nat & Anne Case Cup in the only home course race of the year.

The Bears led the polls in the early season, but were overtaken by the University of California, which slipped back to second after losing its varsity eight race to Stanford University Saturday. Cal won three of the four races and earned 12 first-place votes, but finished three poll points behind Brown. Both schools are preparing for league championships May 15.

"Our team had some solid improvements from our racing versus Washington," said California head coach Al Acosta. "However, in the varsity eight we took a step back. We got behind to a very fast Stanford eight right away, and then it took our eight about half the race to find traction. I will give our team credit for hanging in there and working to get it right the whole way down. But, hats off to Stanford. They came prepared and executed one of the better races I've seen out there in a while."

The Ohio State University had six first-place votes and finished third. The University of Washington (one first-place vote) and University of Virginia rounded out the top five.

barryIn the Division II poll, Barry University capped off its regular season with the Sunshine State Conference title at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla. The third program title in four years has the team headed to the Dad Vail in Philadelphia with momentum. Barry has led the top of the poll since the pre-season voting and claimed all five first-place votes this week.

"To cap off our last Sunshine State Conference with a win, it meant a lot," said Bucs senior Beth Desmond. "It's a really good feeling."

The University of Central Oklahoma finished second, while Nova Southeastern and Mercyhurst University tied for third. Western Washington University was fifth.

Bates University held the top of the DIII poll after winning the varsity eight grand title for the second year in a row Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships. Next up for Bates is the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship, May 8 in Worcester, Mass.

Bates had 10 first-place votes to finish first. Wesleyan University was second and Williams College was third. Wellesley College and Ithaca College were fourth and fifth.

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

1. Brown University (6), 451, 2
2. University of California (12), 448, 1
3. The Ohio State University (6), 426, 3
4. University of Washington (1), 411, 5
5. University of Virginia, 405, 4
6. Stanford University, 397, 6
7. Yale University, 340, 7
8. University of Texas, 320, 8
9. Princeton University, 316, 9
10. University of Michigan, 307, 10
11. University of Wisconsin, 262, 11
12. University of Southern California, 212, 12
13. Washington State University, 173, 13
14. Indiana University, 120, 15
15. University of Notre Dame, 118, 16
16. Syracuse University, 114, 14
17. Gonzaga University, 106, 17
18. Harvard-Radcliffe University, 86, 18
19. Duke University, 66, 19
20. University of California, Los Angeles, 46, 20

Others Receiving Votes in Alphabetical Order: University of Iowa, University of Louisville, University of Minnesota, University of San Diego.        
Women’s NCAA Division II Team Rankings
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points, Previous Week Ranking

1. Barry University (5), 198, 1
2. University of Central Oklahoma, 147, 2
3t. Nova Southeastern University, 124, 6
3t. Mercyhurst University, 124, 5
5. Western Washington University, 111, 3
6. Florida Institute of Technology, 91, 4
7. University of California San Diego, 40, 7
8. Humboldt State University, 39, 8
Others Receiving Votes: Merrimack College 16, Philadelphia University 9, Franklin Pierce University 1.        

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

1. Bates College (10), 150, 1    
2. Wesleyan University, 137, 4    
3. Williams College, 127, 2    
4. Wellesley College, 119, 3    
5. Ithaca College, 108, 5    
6. Trinity College, 102, 6    
7. Tufts University, 89, 7    
8t. Rochester institute of Technology, 60, 13    
8t. Pacific Lutheran University, 60, 11    
8t. Colby College, 60, 8    
11. Hamilton College, 36, 15t    
12. University of Rochester, 31, 9t
13t. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 26, 9t    
13t. Washington College, 26, NR    
15. William Smith College, 23, 12    
Others Receiving Votes: Lewis and Clark College 18, Smith College 14, Simmons College 5, Franklin and Marshall College 4, Marietta College 3, University of Puget Sound 2.

Click here for past poll results.

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