California, Yale and Stanford Lead USRowing’s Fifth Coaches Poll

PRINCETON, N.J. — Defending national champion the University of California, Berkeley came out of the Cal-UW dual victorious to unanimously earn the first-place spot in the fifth regular season USRowing Coaches Poll.

With all 19 first-place votes, the Cal Bears maintained the top spot in the polls after winning the men’s freshman and varsity eights. In second place was the University of Washington who will face Washington State University on the Snake River in Idaho this weekend.

Yale University was ranked third. Harvard University and Princeton University were fourth and fifth respectively. Making the largest jump in the Coaches Poll was Syracuse University, moving from 15th to seventh place. For the first time since 2012, the Syracuse men’s varsity eight brought home the Conlan Cup when it defeated Boston University and Columbia on Saturday, April 22, on the Onondaga Lake Outlet.

In the lightweight men’s poll, Yale University claimed the top spot after a successful day on the Housatonic Saturday morning with a complete three-race sweep of Dartmouth College. The Bulldogs took nine first-place votes.

In second was Cornell University with one first-place vote. The No. 2 Cornell men’s lightweight rowing team swept all four races against Columbia and MIT on Saturday, April 22, taking home the Geiger Cup for the 12th time in the last 15 seasons. Harvard University lightweights were ranked third, with Princeton University finishing fourth. The United States Naval Academy rounded out the top five.

Stanford University’s No.1-ranked lightweight women spent last weekend training and preparing for the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta which will be held on Lake Natoma in California, April 29-30, 2017. The Stanford women held five first-place votes, continuing their reign of the lightweight women’s poll.

Earning two first-place votes was Boston University in second place. The Boston Terriers, along with the top four lightweight women’s crews, will take on Eastern Sprints on April 30, 2017, in Worcester, Mass. Watch the races live here.

In third was Harvard-Radcliffe. Fourth and fifth were Princeton University and the University of Tulsa, respectively. Joining the lightweight women’s polls this week were two previously unranked crews, Clemson University and Washington State University.


Men’s Heavyweight Eight

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

Others receiving votes: Saint Joseph’s University, Santa Clara University, College of the Holy Cross, Hobart College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Gonzaga University

Participating Coaches: Scott Alwin (Columbia), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Geoff Bond (Penn), Rob Friedrich (Navy), Philip Schmehl (Marietta), Mark Davis (George Washington), Charley Butt (Harvard), Paul Cooke (Brown), Stephen Gladstone (Yale), Jim Granger (Florida Tech), Gabe Winkler (Oregon State), Jim Barr (Holy Cross), Greg Hughes (Princeton), Tom Sanford (Marist), Wyatt Allen (Dartmouth), Mike Irwin (Saint Joseph’s)


Lightweight Men’s Eight

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Yale University (9) 2
2 Cornell University (1) 1
3 Harvard University 4
4 Princeton University 3
5 United States Naval Academy 5
6 University of Pennsylvania 6
7 University of Delaware 8
8 Columbia University 7
9 Georgetown University 10
10 Dartmouth University 9
11 MIT 11
12 Mercyhurst University 12
13 Temple University 13
14 Purdue University 14
15 University of California, Berkeley 15

Others Receiving Votes: University of California Maritime, Saint Joseph’s University, University of California Santa Barbara, Sonoma State University, Washington State University, University of Pittsburgh

Voting Coaches: Lee Rumpf (Georgetown), Andrew Card (Yale), Marty Crotty (Princeton), Shawn Bagnell (Navy), Nice Lee Parker (Columbia), William Boyce (Harvard), Colin Farrell (Penn), Sean Healey (Dartmouth), Sean McKenna (Temple), Chris Kerber (Cornell)


Lightweight Women’s Eight

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Stanford University (5) 1
2 Boston Unversity (2) 2
3 Harvard-Radcliffe 5
4 Princeton University 3
5 University of Tulsa 4
6 University of Wisconsin 6
7 Georgetown University 8
8 MIT 7
9 University of California, Berkeley 10
10 Bucknell University 9
11 Purdue University 11
12 Villanova University 14
13 Oklahoma State 13
14 Clemson University NR
15 Washington State University NR

Others Receiving Votes: Lasalle University, University of Oregon, Penn State

Voting Coaches: Dusty Mattison (Wisconsin), Stephen Full (Georgetown), Claire Martin-Doyle (MIT), Paul Rassam (Princeton), Kate Bertko (Stanford), Sarah Baker (Harvard-Radcliffe), Malcolm Doldron (BU)

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