Washington, Western Washington and Bates Remain First in Week Seven Polling

PRINCETON, N.J. — The University of Washington women’s varsity set a Montlake Cut course record with a time of 6:07.03 against the Chinese High-Performance team at the Windermere Cup to earn top ranks in the week seven USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III polls, presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

“I had no idea that we broke the record or that it had been in place for so long,” said women’s head coach Yaz Farooq in an interview with the University of Washington. “However, I will say that we had two highly motivated eights that were on the course. So they were throwing everything they had at it.”

The women of Washington won every race through the Cut, earning them 21 first-place votes. The second-place University of California spent the weekend preparing for the Pac-12 Championships which will be held May 14 in Gold River, Calif. Cal earned four first-place votes and will face off against Washington again this weekend.

In the Division I poll, all rankings, from one to twenty, remained the same from week six. The University of Texas finished in third, with the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Western Washington University maintained the lead in the Division II poll with three first-place votes. The Vikings raced at the 2017 Windermere Cup, finishing second to Washington’s third varsity eight in a time of 6:49.43.

The University of Central Oklahoma finished second and will be racing at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday, May 13. In third with two first-place votes was the Florida Institute of Technology, followed by Humboldt State University in fourth. Tied for fifth place was Barry University and Nova Southeastern University.

In the Division III poll, the Bates College women’s rowing team saw its top two boats go undefeated in winning their respective grand finals Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships on Quinsigamond Lake. The win earned the women of Bates all ten first-place votes in the poll.

Wesleyan University landed second in the polls after taking second overall in both the varsity and second varsity eights at the New England Rowing Championships. Up next for Wesleyan is the ECAC/National Invitational Rowing Championship on Lake Quinsigamond.

Tied for third was Ithaca College and Williams College. Pacific Lutheran University rounded out the top five.


Division I

Team Rank Total Votes Prior Ranking
1 University of Washington (21) 474 1
2 University of California, Berkeley (4) 461 2
3 University of Texas 433 3
4 University of Michigan 412 4
5 Ohio State University 391 5
6 Yale University 353 6
7 Princeton University 335 7
8 Stanford University 329 8
9 Brown University 298 9
10 University of Wisconsin 291 10
11 University of Virginia 223 11
12 University of Iowa 209 12
13 Syracuse University 181 13
14 Washington State University 167 14
15 University of Southern California 161 15
16 Indiana University 116 16
17 Duke University 91 17
18 Harvard University 85 18
19 Michigan State University 66 19
20 University of California, Los Angeles 41 20

Others Receiving Votes in Alphabetical Order: University of Central Florida, University of Louisville, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma


Division II

Team Rank Total Votes Prior Ranking
1 Western Washington University (3) 191 1
2 University of Central Oklahoma 153 2
3 Florida Institute of Technology (2) 146 3
4 Humboldt State University 133 4
5t Barry University 71 5
5t Nova Southeastern University 71 6t
7 University of California, San Diego 68 6t
8 Mercyhurst University 50 8

Others Receiving Votes: Philadelphia University (18)


Division III

Team Rank Total Votes Prior Ranking
1 Bates (10) 150 1
2 Wesleyan University 135 2
3 Ithaca College 127 3t
4 Williams College 122 3t
5 Pacific Lutheran University 108 5
6 Wellesley College 105 7
7 Tufts University 92 6
8 Rochester institute of Technology 75 8
9 Hamilton College 63 10
10 WPI 62 9
11 Washington College 46 11
12t Lewis and Clark College 32 13
12t Smith College 32 15
14 Colby College 22 12
15 William Smith College 20 14

Other Receiving Votes: Bryn Mawr College (8), University of Puget Sound (1)


Header photo courtesy of the University of Washington 

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