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UW Men Ranked Second in Preseason Rowing Poll
Release: 03/26/2004
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March 26, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Washington men's varsity eight, the national championship runner-up last season, is ranked second in the preseason poll produced by USRowing.

Harvard, which edged the Huskies for the 2003 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) title, received 11 first-place votes en route to the No. 1 ranking. Washington received the remaining two first-place votes.

Princeton and California tied for the No. 3 spot followed by Brown and Wisconsin which tied for fifth.

The Huskies return six rowers from last year's top boat that won the Pacific-10 Conference championship and claimed the silver medal at the IRA Championships. A seventh returning rower, Ian Sawyer, joined the Husky varsity eight that won the Ladies Challenge Plate at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England.

Bob Ernst begins his 30th season on the UW rowing staff, his 17th as the men's head coach. Ernst seeks to direct the Huskies to their first national championship since 1997.

The Huskies begin the 2004 spring season Saturday with the annual Class Day Regatta. Racing begins at 10 a.m. on the Montlake Cut. The first intercollegiate competition is April 3-4 at the San Diego Crew Classic.

2004 Collegiate Men's Rowing Preseason Poll
(compiled by USRowing)

Rank  School 1st-place votes)  Points
1.     Harvard (11)                  258
2.    WASHINGTON (2)            244
3t.    Princeton                     228

3t. California 228
5t. Brown 184
5t. Wisconsin 184
7t. Cornell 172
7t. Navy 172
9. Yale 146
10. Northeastern 142
11. Dartmouth 113
12. Oregon State 105
13. Michigan 96
14. Boston University 76
15. Syracuse 64
16. Stanford 62
17t. Rutgers 61
17t. Pennsylvania 61
19. Temple 50
20. Dowling College 25
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