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Husky Rowers Start Season Atop Men's Coaches Poll
Release: 04/10/2008
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April 10, 2008

SEATTLE - The Washington varsity eight men's crew, coming off a 2007 national championship campaign, opened the 2008 season in the No. 1 position of the preseason USRowing collegiate men's poll that was released Thursday.

The Huskies received all 19 first-place votes to begin the year where they ended last season. UW was undefeated and finished No. 1 in the final 2007 coaches poll.

Washington started the 2008 season in impressive fashion with a two-second victory over an elite field, Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. All six crews in the grand final were ranked in the preseason top-10. UW outraced No. 2 Princeton, No. 3 Harvard, No. 4 California, No. 6 Northeastern, No. 7 Stanford and No. 9 Yale.

Washington hosts men's and women's crews from Washington State in their annual Apple Cup dual regatta, Saturday, April 12. The 11-race card starts at 9 a.m.

There are five men's races scheduled, but the Huskies' top varsity crews won't row Saturday as their Cougar opponents are a club team and not an intercollegiate competitor.

The UW men's varsity and second varsity crews that competed last weekend in San Diego are preparing for ranked opponents the next two weeks. The Huskies host 14th-ranked Oregon State on April 19 before visiting No. 4 California on April 26.

USROWING MEN'S COLLEGIATE VARSITY EIGHTS POLL

Team (1st-place votes)     Points    Last Year
1.  Washington (19)           400         1
2.  Princeton                 356         5
3.  Harvard                   347         2
4.  California                332         3
5.  Brown                     304         7
6.  Northeastern              286        15
7.  Stanford                  280         8
8.  Wisconsin                 261         6
9.  Yale                      253         4
10. Cornell                   215        11
11. Syracuse                  195         9
12. Trinity College           131        12
13. Navy                      124        16
14. Oregon State              103        17
15. Georgetown                 90        18
16. Boston University          88        13
17. Columbia                   86        20
18. Virginia                   77        nr
19. George Washington          62        19
20. Michigan                   49        10
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