Cal Varsity Eight Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Polls

March 27, 2003

BERKELEY - California is once again ranked No. 1 in the USRowing preseason polls for the varsity eight. The defending Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) champions from California garnered six of the eight first-place votes to take the top spot in the preseason poll. Washington, which finished third at last year's IRA Championships, is ranked second to begin the season. The University of Wisconsin, which finished second at the IRAs, received the other two first-place votes but ranked fourth overall in the poll. Harvard University is ranked third, while Northeastern University rounded out the top five.

USRowing Collegiate Men's Varsity Eight Poll

Team (1st-Place Votes), Points

1. University of California at Berkeley (6), 1552. University of Washington, 1493. Harvard University, 1374. University of Wisconsin (2), 1335. Northeastern University, 1186. Cornell University, 1177. Princeton University, 1158. Brown University, 929. United States Naval Academy, 9010. Yale University, 7511. Dartmouth College, 7112. University of Pennsylvania, 6013. Oregon State University, 5814. Stanford University, 4615. Syracuse University, 3816. Temple University, 3717. University of Michigan, 3618. Dowling College, 3019. Boston University, 2320. Rutgers University, 23

Others receiving votes:

Georgetown University 15Columbia University 4Gonzaga University 2Marist College 2Marietta College 1Trinity College 1University of Virginia 1

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