Bears Claim Top Spot In Final USRowing/CRCA Poll

May 19, 2004

After winning their first ever Pac-10 team title and their first varsity eight title in 25 years, the California Golden Bears earned the No. 1 ranking in the final USRowing/CRCA Poll of the season. The Bears received 11 first-place votes out of 20 to remain at No. 1. Princeton remains at No. 2 with seven first-place votes, while Ohio State jumped back into the top three with the No. 3 ranking.

Up next: The Bears get ready for the 2004 NCAA Championships held May 28-30 at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Cal's varsity eight is looking to improve upon last year's 10th-place finish and win its first NCAA title since 1980. The second varsity eight placed third at last year's nationals, but will try to extend its unbeaten streak and win its first ever national championship. The varsity four took home the silver medal at last year's NCAAs, but will strive to win its first title since 1981.

Teams Competing at NCAAs: Brown, California, Harvard, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Princeton, Virginia, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Yale.

At-Large Invitations: Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, USC

Final USRowing/CRCA Varsity Eight PollTeam       (1st Place Votes) Points      Previous Rank1.  California       (11)      390              12.  Princeton         (7)      380              23.  Ohio State        (2)      365              54.  Harvard                    335              45.  Virginia                   316              76.  Washington                 283              97.  Yale                       281              68.  Michigan                   271              39.  Brown                      251              810. Tennessee                  203             1311. Wisconsin                  185             1012. USC                        182             1513. Texas                      144             1814. Michigan State             124             1115. Stanford                   112             NR16. Notre Dame                  92             1417. Washington State            90             1218. Boston University           86             1619. Massachusetts               38             1720. Northeastern                27             19
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