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Week Seven Polls Hold for Championship Racing

PRINCETON, N.J. — As athletes around the U.S. are focusing on their goals for championship racing, the USRowing’s week seven coaches poll saw very little movement, with the top five places holding steady for most of the polls.
With all of the first-place votes, the University of California maintained their ranking at number one. The Bears are preparing to face off against the second-place University of Washington at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships on Lake Natoma, Calif., this weekend. The UW men haven’t lost a race this season, aside from its losses in the first varsity eight and the freshman eight at the Cal Dual.
On the east coast, third-place Yale University will be challenging fourth-place Harvard University and fifth-place Princeton University at the 2017 Men’s Sprints (EARC) on Sunday, May 14 at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
For the lightweight men, Cornell University led the field with all eight first-place votes. In second was Harvard. Yale was ranked third, and Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania rounded out the top five. Nine out of the top 10 lightweight men’s crews will be racing at the 2017 Men’s Sprints.
In the lightweight women’s poll, Stanford University held first, where they have been all season. The top-ranked Cardinal lightweight rowing program defeated No. 4 Princeton on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J., to take the Class of 2015 Cup. Next up for Stanford is the Pacific Coast Rowing Championship on May 13 on Lake Natoma.
Second-place Harvard-Radcliffe won the varsity eight medal at the Women’s Eastern Sprints, held on Lake Quinsigamond. The University of Wisconsin finished third. Princeton and Boston University ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Heavyweight Men

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 University of California, Berkeley (12) 1
2 University of Washington 2
3 Yale University 3
4 Harvard University 4
5 Princeton University 5
6 Dartmouth University 6
7 Northeastern University 8
8 Syracuse University 7
9 Boston University 9
10 Stanford University 10
11 Brown University 11
12 University of Wisconsin 12
13 Cornell University 13
14 University of Pennsylvania 14
15 Columbia University 15
16 United States Naval Academy 16
17 George Washington University 17
18 Georgetown University 18
19 Oregon State University 19
20 Florida Institute of Tech. 20

Voting Coaches: Greg Hughes (Princeton), Michael Callahan (Washington), Rob Friedrich (Navy), Paul Cooke (Brown), Philip Schmehl (Marietta), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Geoff Bond (Penn), Gabe Winkler (Oregon State), Wyatt Allen (Dartmouth), Jim Barr (Holy Cross), Charley Butt (Harvard), Zach Johnson (UC San Diego), Mike Irwin (Saint Joseph’s)
Others Receiving Votes: Saint Joseph’s University, University of California San Diego, Drexel University, University of California Santa Barbara, Hobart College, College of the Holy Cross

Lightweight Men

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Cornell University (8) 1
2 Harvard University 2
3 Yale University 3
4 Princeton University 4
5 University of Pennsylvania 5
6 United State Naval Academy 7
7 Columbia University 6
8 University of Delaware 8
9 Georgetown University 9
10 Dartmouth College 10
11 Temple University 11
12 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 12
13 Mercyhurst University 13
14 Purdue University 14
15 University of California, Berkeley 15

Voting Coaches: William Boyce (Harvard), Andrew Card (Yale), Marty Crotty (Princeton), Shawn Bagnall (Navy), Lee Rumpf (Georgetown), Sean Healey (Dartmouth), Sean McKenna (Temple), Nich Lee Parker (Columbia)
Others Receiving Votes: University of California Santa Barbara, Sonoma State University, University of California Maritime, Sacramento State University

Lightweight Women

Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Stanford University (4) 1
2 Harvard-Radcliffe (1) 2
3 University of Wisconsin 3
4 Princeton University 4
5 Boston University 7
6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 8
7 Georgetown University 6
8 University of Tulsa 5
9 University of California, Berkeley 9
10 Washington State University 15
11 Bucknell University 10
12 Purdue University 11
13 Pennsylvania State University NR
14 Oklahoma State University 13
15 University of Oregon 14

Voting Coaches: Paul Rassam (Princeton), Kate Bertko (Stanford), Sarah Baker (Harvard-Radcliffe), Dusty Mattison (Wisconsin), Malcolm Doldron (BU)
Others Receiving Votes: Villanova University, Clemson University

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