California, Cornell and Stanford Top the First 2017 Coaches Poll

PRINCETON, NJ – Coming off a strong win at the 2017  IRA Championships, University of California, Berkeley has earned sole possession of the number one spot in the first USRowing Coaches poll.

The Cal men had 10 first-place votes and will be looking to have an impressive start to their season this weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. Joining Cal at the Crew Classic will be second-place Yale University. With five first-place votes, the University of Washington was ranked third. Harvard University and Princeton University rounded out the top five.

In the lightweight men’s poll, Cornell University clinched the top position with three first-place votes. Yale University ranked second. With three first-place votes, Columbia University finished third. University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Stanford University picked up where it left off last year and remained first in the lightweight women’s poll with four first-place votes. The Redwoods will be opening their 2017 season at the San Diego Crew Classic.

Following in second place was the University of Wisconsin and Princeton University in third. Boston University finished in fourth with one first-place vote. In fifth was Harvard-Radcliffe.

Heavyweight Men’s Varsity Eight

Rank Team
1 University of California, Berkeley (10)
2 Yale University
3 University of Washington (5)
4 Harvard University
5 Princeton University
6 Boston University
7 Brown University
8 Dartmouth University
9 Northeastern University
10 University of Wisconsin
11 Stanford University
12 Cornell University
13 Navy
14 Columbia University
15 Syracuse University
16 University of Pennsylvania
17 George Washington University
18 Oregon State University
19 Florida Institute of Technology
20 Drexel University

Also receiving votes: Georgetown University, Hobart, St. Joseph’s University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Santa Clara

Voting Coaches: Mike Irwin (St. Joseph’s), Geoff Bond (Penn), Craig Amerkhanian (Stanford), Rob Friedrich (Navy), Jim Barr (Holy Cross), Mark Davis (George Washington), Scott Alwin (Columbia), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Paul Cooke (Brown), Phil Schmehl (Marietta), Wyatt Allen (Dartmouth), Paul Bugenhagen (Hobart), Mike Callahan (Washington), John Pojednic (Northeastern), Greg Hughes (Princeton)

Lightweight Men’s Eight

Rank Team
1 Cornell University (3)
2 Yale University
3 Columbia University (3)
4 University of Pennsylvania
5 Princeton University
6 Navy
7 University of Delaware
8 Harvard University
9 Georgetown University
10 Dartmouth University
11 Mass. Institute of Technology
12 Mercyhurst University
13 University of California, Berkeley
14 Purdue University
15 University of California, Santa Barbara

Also receiving votes: Temple, St. Joseph’s University, Washington State University, Sacramento State, Cal Maritime, Sonoma State

Voting Coaches: Colin Farrell (Penn), Nich Lee Parker (Columbia), William Boyce (Harvard), Shawn Bagnall (Navy), Sean Healey (Dartmouth), Lee Rumpf (Georgetown)

Lightweight Women’s Eight

Rank Team
1 Stanford University (4)
2 University of Wisconsin
3 Princeton University
4 Boston University (1)
5 Harvard-Radcliffe
6 Georgetown University
7 Mass. Institute of Technology
8 University of Tulsa
9 Bucknell University
10 Villanova University
11 Purdue University
12 Penn State
13 Clemson University
14 University of California, Berkeley
15 Washington State University

Also receiving votes: Oklahoma State, LaSalle, Oregon, Oklahoma State

Voting Coaches: Claire Martin-Doyle (MIT), Steve Full (Bucknell), Dusty Mattison (Wisconsin), Malcolm Doldron (BU), Sarah Baker (Harvard-Radcliffe), Kate Bertko (Stanford)


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