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UW Women Vault to No. 4 in Crew Poll
Release: 04/09/2008
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April 9, 2008

SEATTLE - The Washington women's crew vaulted 13 spots to No. 4 in the NCAA Division I varsity eight coaches poll released Wednesday by USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

The Huskies' varsity eight earned the lofty ranking on the strength of an impressive performance last weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic. UW entered that regatta ranked No. 17 and defeated four ranked opponents en route to capturing the Jessop-Whittier Cup.

In the grand final, the Huskies trailed by six seats before reeling in then fourth-ranked USC with a strong surge over the final 400 meters. UW edged past the Trojans at the finish line, winning by nine-tenths of a second.

Washington State placed third in San Diego. The Cougars also made a significant jump in the rankings, rising from 15th to No. 8 this week.

Preseason No. 1 California remained in the top spot of the rankings with 17 first-place votes. Yale stayed in the No. 2 position and collected the remaining eight first-place votes. Virginia maintained its No. 3 ranking.

USC is ranked fifth, followed by No. 6 Princeton and No. 7 Michigan State. Tennessee and Stanford round out the top-10 with their No. 9 and No. 10 rankings, respectively.

Washington and WSU finished among the top-three in all three women's races at the Crew Classic. The Huskies won the varsity and junior varsity events and the Cougars were first in the novice race.

Those top-10 ranked cross-state rivals, along with their men's counterparts, will meet, Saturday, April 12 on the Montlake Cut. The first race in the dual regatta is slated for 9 a.m.

USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
Women's NCAA Division I Varsity Eights Poll

Team (1st-place votes)     Points    Last Week
1.  California (17)           491         1
2.  Yale (8)                  470         2
3.  Virginia                  454         3
4.  WASHINGTON                410        17
5.  USC                       384         4
6.  Princeton                 372         5
7.  Michigan State            322         8
8.  Washington State          317        15
9.  Tennessee                 273         7
10. Stanford                  252         6
11. Ohio State                249         9
12. Brown                     227        11
13. Harvard                   173        13
14. Minnesota                 161        12
15. Michigan                  151        10
16. Notre Dame                132        14
17. UCLA                      122        18
18. Clemson                   109        16
19. Pennsylvania               56        20
20. Northeastern               33        nr
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