Husky Rowers Start Season Atop Men's Coaches Poll

April 10, 2008

SEATTLE - The Washington varsity eight men's crew, coming off a 2007 national championship campaign, opened the 2008 season in the No. 1 position of the preseason USRowing collegiate men's poll that was released Thursday.

The Huskies received all 19 first-place votes to begin the year where they ended last season. UW was undefeated and finished No. 1 in the final 2007 coaches poll.

Washington started the 2008 season in impressive fashion with a two-second victory over an elite field, Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. All six crews in the grand final were ranked in the preseason top-10. UW outraced No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 California, No. 6 Northeastern, No. 7 Stanford and No. 9 Yale.

Washington hosts men's and women's crews from Washington State in their annual Apple Cup dual regatta, Saturday, April 12. The 11-race card starts at 9 a.m.

There are five men's races scheduled, but the Huskies' top varsity crews won't row Saturday as their Cougar opponents are a club team and not an intercollegiate competitor.

The UW men's varsity and second varsity crews that competed last weekend in San Diego are preparing for ranked opponents the next two weeks. The Huskies host 14th-ranked Oregon State on April 19 before visiting No. 4 California on April 26.

USRowing Men's Collegiate Varsity Eights Poll

Team (1st-place votes)     Points    Last Year1.  Washington (19)           400         12.  Princeton                 356         53.  Harvard                   347         24.  California                332         35.  Brown                     304         76.  Northeastern              286        157.  Stanford                  280         88.  Wisconsin                 261         69.  Yale                      253         410. Cornell                   215        1111. Syracuse                  195         912. Trinity College           131        1213. Navy                      124        1614. Oregon State              103        1715. Georgetown                 90        1816. Boston University          88        1317. Columbia                   86        2018. Virginia                   77        nr19. George Washington          62        1920. Michigan                   49        10
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