Yale Kicks Off Season On Mar. 26 Against Penn & Cornell
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's crew has earned a berth in the NCAA Team Championships in each of the last nine years. If the preseason prognosticators prove correct, the Bulldogs will make a 10th straight appearance in 2011. Yale is ranked sixth in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs had 369 points and received one first-place vote.
"It is great to be ranked in the top 10 in the preseason poll. Of course it is just an estimate of how good people think we will be," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We will either be better or worse, time will tell. Right now we are just trying to figure out how to go fast."
The Bulldogs open the season on Mar. 26 against Penn and Cornell on the Housatonic River.
Yale's varsity eight is the defending NCAA champion and has won three of the last four titles. Six members of last year's winning boat have graduated so there will be a new look this spring. The Bulldogs finished sixth as a team at last year's NCAA Championships.
Virginia earned 18 first-place votes to top the preseason Division I team rankings. Princeton received five first-place votes to rank second, while the University of California took the No. 3 spot in the poll and earned one first-place vote. Stanford and Brown rounded out the top five.
Preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll
Team (1st-Place Votes), Total Votes
1. University of Virginia (18), 477
2. Princeton University (5), 450
3. University of California (1), 440
4. Stanford University, 404
5. Brown University, 396
6. Yale University (1), 369
7. University of Washington, 316
8. Michigan State University, 314
9. University of Southern California, 296
10. University of Wisconsin, 289
11. University of Michigan, 260
12. Washington State University, 202
13. Ohio State University, 193
14. University of California at Los Angeles, 183
15. Clemson University, 150
16. University of Tennessee, 125
17. Dartmouth College, 91
18. Cornell University, 75
19. Harvard University, 43
20. University of Texas, 27
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Iowa 24, Oregon State University 22, University of Pennsylvania 21, Northeastern University 19, Columbia University 18, Duke University 13, University of Notre Dame 11, University of Minnesota 7, University of Louisville 4, Indiana University 4, Bucknell University 2, Boston University 2, University of San Diego 1, University of Buffalo 1 and United States Naval Academy 1.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity