Benedict Tufnell

Washington, Harvard, and Stanford Top USRowing Coaches’ Polls

by Benedict Tufnell

University of Washington, Harvard University and Stanford University topped this week’s men’s heavyweight eight, men’s lightweight eight and women’s lightweight eight USRowing Collegiate Coaches’ Polls, respectively.

Washington took over the top spot in the men’s heavyweight eight poll this week, earning 11 of 12 first-place votes thanks to a three-second victory over the previous No. 1, California last weekend at the Cal-Washington Duel in California (pictured). The Golden Bears dropped to second position in the poll. Yale, which earned the other first-place vote after defeating Princeton and Cornell on Saturday, ranked third. Harvard and Brown rounded out the top five.

Harvard, which defeated Navy and Delaware this past weekend, remained atop the men’s lightweight eight poll, earning four of six first-place votes. Columbia received the other first-place vote to rank second. Cornell, Yale and Princeton rounded out the top five.

Coming off a victory over Western Washington, Stanford continued as the top choice in the women’s lightweight poll, earning four of five first-place votes. Boston University continued to rank second, earning the other first-place vote. Wisconsin, Princeton and Georgetown rounded out the top five. 

Men’s Heavyweight Eight Poll

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points Previous Ranking
1. University of Washington (11) 239 3
2. University of California at Berkeley 223 1
3. Yale University (1) 221 2
4. Harvard University 192 5
5. Brown University 188 4
6. Northeastern University 165 6
7. Princeton University 157 7
8. Dartmouth College 147 8
9. Stanford University 139 10
10. Boston University 134 9
11. University of Wisconsin 127 11
12t. Cornell University 106 12
12t. Syracuse University 106 14
14. University of Pennsylvania 83 15
15. Columbia University 76 13
16. United States Naval Academy 61 16
17. George Washington University 45 17
18. Oregon State University 38 19
19. Georgetown University 28 20
20. Florida Institute of Technology 24 18

Others Receiving Votes: Saint Joseph’s University, Hobart College

Dropped Out: None

Voting Coaches: Rob Friedrich (Navy), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Greg Hughes (Princeton), Michael Callahan (Washington), Campbell Woods (Marist), Paul Bugenhagen (Hobart), John Pojednic (Northeastern), Kyle Dowd (Vermont), Wyatt Allen (Dartmouth), Mike Irwin (St. Joseph’s), Jim Barr (Holy Cross), Brendan Murphy (Trinity)

Men’s Lightweight Eight Poll

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points Previous Ranking
1. Harvard University (4) 74 1
2. Columbia University (2) 72 2
3. Cornell University 70 3
4. Yale University 69 4t
5. Princeton University 67 4t
6. United States Naval Academy 56 7
7. University of Pennsylvania 53 9
8. University of Delaware 51 6
9. Mercyhurst University 46 8
10. Georgetown University 38 11
11. Dartmouth College 32 10
12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 27 12
13. Temple University 23 13
14. Sonoma State University 12 NR
15. University of California at Berkeley 11 14

Receiving Votes: Fairfield University, Purdue University, University of California at Santa Barbara, UCLA, St, Joseph’s University, Washington State University, University of Pittsburgh

Dropped Out: Fairfield University

Voting Coaches: Billy Boyce (Harvard), Nich Lee Parker (Columbia), Shawn Bagnall (Navy), Sean Healey (Dartmouth), Charles Huthmaker (Fairfield), Martin Crotty (Princeton)

Women’s Lightweight Eight Poll 

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points Previous Ranking
1. Stanford University (4) 49 1
2. Boston University (1) 45 2
3. University of Wisconsin 35 3
4. Princeton University 32 4
5. Georgetown University 31 5
6. Harvard-Radcliffe 28 6
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 20 7
8. University of Tulsa 14 8
9. Penn State University 6 10
10. University of California at Berkeley 3 9

Receiving Votes: University of Oregon, Bucknell University, Purdue University, Washington State University

Dropped Out: None

Voting Coaches: Dusty Mattison (Wisconsin), Malcolm Doldron (BU), Paul Rassam (Princeton), Kieren Emery (Georgetown), Kate Bertko (Stanford)

Photography © Zach Franzen

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