Washington, Western Washington and Bates Top First USRowing/CRCA Coaches’ Poll of 2018

University of Washington, Western Washington University and Bates College topped this season’s first USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Polls presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

Washington, which became the first school in the history of the NCAA Rowing Championship to sweep all three boat classes in 2017, earned all 25 first-place votes to take the top spot in the first Division I poll of the year. University of California at Berkeley, the national runner-up in 2017, ranked second, followed by the University of Texas, Princeton University and University of Michigan.

The defending Division II national champions from Western Washington got the nod in the first DII poll of the season, earning three first-place votes. University of California at San Diego ranked second, earning the other two first-place votes. Florida Institute of Technology, Barry University and the University of Central Oklahoma rounded out the top five.

Bates College, which edged out Williams College for the national title in 2017, earned all 10 first-place votes to take the No. 1 spot in the opening Division III poll. Wesleyan University ranked second, followed by Williams College, Ithaca College and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Division I

Rank           Team (First-Place Votes)                Total Points
1                     University of Washington (25)              494
2                     University of California at Berkeley     478
3                     University of Texas                                  398
4                     Princeton University                               383
5                     University of Michigan                           373
6                     The Ohio State University                      362
7                     Yale University                                         340
8                     Brown University                                    333
9                     University of Virginia                             316
10                   Stanford University                                300
11                   University of Wisconsin                         236
12                   University of Southern California        192
13                   Washington State University                159
14                   Syracuse University                                156
15                   Indiana University                                  135
16                   Harvard University                                 118
17                   University of Iowa                                  116
18                   Michigan State University                    79
19                   University of Oklahoma                        54
20                   University of Minnesota                       46

Others Receiving Votes: University of California at Los Angeles (38), University of Louisville (36), Duke University (35), Northeastern University (20), University of Tennessee (14), Gonzaga University (10), University of Central Florida (7), University of Notre Dame (6), Oregon State University (4), University of San Diego (4), Cornell University (3), University of Pennsylvania (4), and University of Kansas (1).

Division II

Rank           Team (First-Place Votes)                      Total Points
1                     Western Washington University (3)           146
2                     University of California at San Diego (2)  140
3                     Florida Institute of Technology                   138
4                     Barry University                                             127
5                     University of Central Oklahoma                  116
6                     Humboldt State University                           93
7                     Seattle Pacific University                               67
8                     Nova Southeastern University                     40

Others Receiving Votes: Mercyhurst University (20), Rollins College (11), and Franklin Pierce University (2).

Division III

Rank            Team (First-Place Votes)                Total Points
1                      Bates (10)                                                    150
2                      Wesleyan University                                137
3                      Williams College                                       131
4                      Ithaca College                                            121
5                      Rochester institute of Technology         104
6                      Hamilton College                                      88
7                      Worcester Polytechnic Institute             86
8                      Tufts University                                         68
9                      Wellesley College                                       64
10                    William Smith College                              55
11                    Pacific Lutheran University                     53
12                    Washington College                                  50
13                    University of Puget Sound                       40
14                    Colby College                                              26
15                    St. Lawrence University                           13

Other Receiving Votes: Smith College (11), Lewis and Clark College (1), Mount Holyoke College (1), Trinity College (1).

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