UW Women Vault to No. 4 in Crew Poll

April 9, 2008

SEATTLE - The Washington women's crew vaulted 13 spots to No. 4 in the NCAA Division I varisty eight coaches poll released Wednesday by USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

The Huskies' varsity eight earned the lofty ranking on the strength of an impressive performance last weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. UW entered that regatta ranked No. 17 and defeated four ranked opponents en route to capturing the Jessop-Whittier Cup.

In the grand final, the Huskies trailed by six seats before reeling in then-fourth ranked USC with a strong surge over the final 400 meters. UW edged past the Trojans at the finish line, winning by nine-tenths of a second.

Washington State placed third in San Diego. The Cougars also made a significant jump in the rankings, rising from 15th to No. 8 this week.

Preseason No. 1 California remained in the top spot of the rankings with 17 first-place votes. Yale remainined in the No. 2 position and collected the remaining eight first-place votes. Virginia maintained its No. 3 ranking.

USC is ranked fifth, followed by No. 6 Princeton and No. 7 Michigan State. Tennessee and Stanford round out the top-10 with their No. 9 and No. 10 rankings, respectively.

Washington and WSU finished among the top-three in all three women's races at the Crew Classic. The Huskies won the varsity and junior varsity events and the Cougars were first in the novice race.

Those top-10 ranked cross-state rivals, along with their men's counterparts, will meet, Saturday, April 12 on the Montlake Cut. The first race in the dual regatta is slated for 9 a.m.

USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
Women's NCAA Division I Varsity Eights Poll

Team (1st-place votes)     Points    Last Week1.  California (17)           491         12.  Yale (8)                  470         23.  Virginia                  454         34.  WASHINGTON                410        175.  USC                       384         46.  Princeton                 372         57.  Michigan State            322         88.  Washington State          317        159.  Tennessee                 273         710. Stanford                  252         611. Ohio State                249         912. Brown                     227        1113. Harvard                   173        1314. Minnesota                 161        1215. Michigan                  151        1016. Notre Dame                132        1417. UCLA                      122        1818. Clemson                   109        1619. Pennsylvania               56        2020. Northeastern               33        nr
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