March 24, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's varsity eight, the two-time defending NCAA champion, is ranked first in the CRCA-USRowing preseason poll. The Bulldogs received 22 of 25 first-place votes. Brown, which got one first-place vote, was second, followed by Washington, Stanford and California. Stanford received the other two first-place votes.
"It is flattering to start the season ranked No. 1, but it is just a preseason poll based on no results," said Yale head coach Will Porter. "We are still sorting out exactly who will be in our varsity this spring. We have a preliminary lineup for this weekend, and we will see how things evolve."
Eight of the nine members of last year's NCAA champion boat return - coxswain Mia Kanak, Taylor Ritzel, Christina Person, Tess Gerrand, Alice Henly, Maren McCrea, Caroline Nash and Christine Glandorf. The Bulldogs won the title by finishing less than one second ahead of second-place Stanford.
Yale opens the 2009 season this Saturday, racing Columbia and Penn for the Connell Cup in New York.
CRCA-USRowing Preseason Poll
Team (1st-Place Votes), Points
1. Yale University (22) 494
2. Brown University (1) 425
3. University of Washington 420
4. Stanford University (2) 413
5. University of California 400
6. University of Virginia 366
7. Michigan State University 327
8. Princeton University 321
9. Harvard University 314
10. University of Southern California 280
11. Washington State University 255
12. The Ohio State University 221
13. Clemson University 201
14. University of Wisconsin 174
15. University of Michigan 165
16. University of Tennessee 98
17. Boston University 93
18. Oregon State University 70
19. University of Minnesota 66
20. University of Louisville 30
Not Ranked But Receiving Votes: University of Pennsylvania 29, Northeastern University 28, University of Notre Dame 24, Syracuse University 14, University of California at Los Angeles 12, Dartmouth College 6, Bucknell University 2, University of Iowa 1, and St. Mary's College of California 1.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity