Washington and Western Washington Top Final Week of Polls

PRINCETON, N.J. — When polling season began, the University of California sat at the top of the preseason ranking with the University of Washington holding fourth place. As the season unfolded, Washington began to race its way to the top as Cal fell to second.

At the conclusion of racing on Mercer Lake at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, Washington claimed the national title by nine points over Cal, which the final USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

The Division I women of Washington took first in every event at NCAAs and garnered all 25 first-place votes in this week’s poll. Cal took second overall in the championship race and locked its spot as the second seed this week.

The University of Michigan was third in this week’s rankings, while the University of Texas and The Ohio State University rounded out the polls in fourth and fifth, respectively. Stanford University enjoyed a jump up to sixth in the coaches poll after the varsity eight finished in second place in the NCAA grand final, just two seconds behind Washington.

In Division II polling, Western Washington University held its top rank, obtaining all five votes after narrowly taking the team points title from second-place University of Central Oklahoma at NCAAs by one point.

In third was Mercyhurst University, while the Florida Institute of Technology and Humboldt State University took the fourth and fifth-place rankings in the final coaches poll.

The Division III rankings are categorized solely by varsity eights standing and a postseason poll was not run. Ranking for the final DIII poll can be found here.

The NCAA rankings for Divisions I, II, and III can all be found here.


NCAA Division I

Team Rank

Total Votes

Prior Ranking

1

University of Washington (25)

500

1

2

University of California, Berkeley

463

2

3

University of Michigan

415

3

4

University of Texas

400

4t

5

Ohio State University

396

4t

6

Stanford University

387

8

7

Yale University

347

9

8

Brown University

320

6

9

University of Wisconsin

307

11

10

Princeton University

304

7

11

University of Virginia

258

10

12

Indiana University

205

14

13

Syracuse University

195

12

14

Washington State University

179

15

15

University of Iowa

173

13

16

University of Notre Dame

101

16

17

Northeastern University

74

NR

18

University of Southern California

39

17

19

Michigan State University

34

18

20

Duke University

33

19

NCAA Division II

Team Rank

Total Votes

Prior Ranking

1

Western Washington University (5)

190

1

2

University of Central Oklahoma

165

2

3

Mercyhurst University

135

3

4

Florida Institute of Technology

103

6

5

Humboldt State University

100

4

6

University of California, San Diego

78

5

7

Barry University

63

7

8

Nova Southeastern University

42

8


Written by Scott Hardesty, scott@usrowing.org

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