Cal Berkeley, Central Oklahoma and Bates Earn Top Spots in 2019 USRowing/CRCA Preseason Poll

University of California at Berkeley, University of Central Oklahoma and Bates College topped the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I, II and III Preseason Polls presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

After winning the 2018 NCAA Championships, the Golden Bears start off the 2019 season atop the Division I poll. The University of Washington takes the second ranking, receiving a first place vote. Stanford University, University of Texas and University of Virginia round out the top five.

In the Division II poll, the 2018 Champion Bronchos start off the 2019 season on top with Western Washington University in the second position. Florida Institute of Technology, University of California, San Diego and Barry University make up the rest of the top five rankings.

The Bobcats, 2017 and 2018 National Champions return to the 2019 season once again on top of the Division III poll. Williams College, though not finishing on the podium in Sarasota last year, will start the season in the second position. WPI, Ithaca College and Smith College around out the top five in the poll.

Division I

1 University of California, Berkeley (17) 484
2 University of Washington (1) 478
3 Stanford University (7) 416
4 University of Texas 406
5 University of Virginia 379
6 Ohio State University 371
7 Yale University 347
8 Princeton University 345
9 University of Michigan 343
10 Brown University 258
11 University of Iowa 216
12 University of Southern California 201
13 Syracuse University 171
14 Washington State University 166
15 University of Wisconsin 157
16 Indiana University 144
17 Harvard University 77
18 Duke University 40
19 University of Pennsylvania 35
20 University of Minnesota 34

Others Receiving Votes: Northeastern University (28), Oregon State University (26), U.S. Naval Academy (26), University of Notre Dame (23), University of Louisville (19), Gonzaga University (17), Michigan State University (10), Dartmouth College (8), University of Central Florida (7), University of Oklahoma (5), Boston University (4), Rutgers University (3), University of California, Los Angeles (3), University of Tulsa (2), University of Rhode Island (1).

Division II

1 University of Central Oklahoma (5) 188
2 Western Washington University 149
3 Florida Institute of Technology 138
4t University of California, San Diego 120
4t Barry University 120
6 Mercyhurst University 79
7 Seattle Pacific University 51
8 Jefferson University 28

Others Receiving Votes: Nova Southeastern University (13), Humboldt State University (11), Rollins College (3).

Division III

1 Bates College (10) 133
2 Williams College 119
3 WPI 117
4 Ithaca College 110
5 Smith College 92
6 Wesleyan University 89
7 Tufts University 77
8 Wellesley College 64
9 Pacific Lutheran University 60
10 Rochester Institute of Technology 58
11 Hamilton College 34
12 US Coast Guard Academy 33
13 William Smith College 24
14 University of Puget Sound 23
15 Colby College 17

Other Receiving Votes: Washington College (9), Trinity College (3), Lewis & Clark College (2), St. Lawrence University (1).

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