March 11, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Brown University claimed the top spot in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Preseason Poll, while Western Washington University was the unanimous choice for the top spot in the Division II Preseason Poll. Colby College and the United States Coast Guard Academy shared the top spot in the Division III Preseason Poll.

In Division I, Brown only received two first-place votes but still managed to take the top spot in the poll as six schools earned at least one first-place vote. The University of Michigan also earned two first-place votes and edged Princeton University (two first-place votes) and Yale University (eight first-place votes) for the second spot in the poll. Harvard rounded out the top five, garnering four first-place votes, while Stanford earned the final first-place vote to take sixth in the preseason rankings.

Western Washington was the unanimous choice in the Division II poll, taking all four first-place votes. Mercyhurst finished second. In the Division III poll, Colby College with two first-place votes and the United States Coast Guard Academy (five first-place votes) shared the top spot. Smith College took the third position, followed by Williams College in fourth. Ithaca College and Vassar College tied for fifth in the preseason poll.

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Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Brown University (2) 324
2. University of Michigan (2) 315
3t. Princeton University (2) 314
3t. Yale University (8) 314
5. Harvard University (4) 294
6. Stanford University (1) 289
7. University of Virginia 266
8. Michigan State University 257
9. The Ohio State University 235
10. University of Washington 233
11. University of California at Berkeley 209
12. University of Southern California 204
13. University of Tennessee 127
14. University of Texas 117
15. Washington State University 98
16. Boston University 80
17. Syracuse University 76
18. Duke University 54
19. University of Wisconsin 46
20. University of Iowa 40

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Cornell University 32, Oregon State University 27, University of Notre Dame 12, University of Massachusetts 7, University of Minnesota 7, Columbia University 4, University of Pennsylvania 4, Northeastern University 2, Clemson University 1, University of California at Los Angeles 1, and University of Miami 1.


Women’s NCAA Division II Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1. Western Washington (4) 20
2. Mercyhurst 16
3t. Florida Tech 11
3t. Humboldt State 11
5. Barry University 4

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of California at San Diego 2.


Women’s NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1t. Colby College (5)132
1t. United States Coast Guard Academy (2) 132
3. Smith College 111
4. Williams College 100
5t. Ithaca College 93
5t. Vassar College 93
7. University of Puget Sound 83
8. Trinity College 77
9. William Smith College 68
10. Wellesley College 55
11. Washington College 53
12. Worcester Polytechnic Institute 50
13. Connecticut College 49
14. Mt. Holyoke College 46
15. Tufts University 37

Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: Bates College 36, Willamette University 33, Rochester Institute of Technology 28, Pacific Lutheran University 22, Wesleyan University 18, Skidmore College 13, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 12, Mary Washington College 11, St. Lawrence University 7, and Lewis & Clark College 6.