Cal, Cornell & Stanford Remain Atop USRowing Coaches Polls

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Disclaimer: The following is a USRowing Coaches Poll and does not impact final selections for the IRA National Championship. The IRA selections are an independent process of these polls. Our Association highlights these polls as we aim to showcase the IRA programs that are ranked by their peers nationally.


PRINCETON, N.J.- University of California, Cornell University and Stanford University continued to top the men’s heavyweight eight, men’s lightweight eight and women’s lightweight eight USRowing Collegiate Coaches’ Polls, respectively.

California extended its hold on the top spot in the men’s heavyweight eight poll this week, earning 12 of 13 first-place votes. Coming off a victory over Brown University, Yale University claimed the other first-place nod and moved into second position in the poll. University of Washington, Harvard University and Princeton University rounded out the top five.

Cornell, which opens its season against the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard this coming weekend, remained atop the men’s lightweight poll, receiving all seven first-place votes. Princeton ranked second, followed by Columbia University, Harvard and Yale University.

Coming off a strong home win over Princeton on Saturday, Stanford continued as the top choice in the women’s lightweight poll, earning five of six first-place votes. Boston University earned the other first-place vote, moving into second position after opening its season with victories over open weight boats from Boston College and MIT. Princeton, University of Wisconsin and Georgetown University rounded out the top five.

Men’s Heavyweight Eight Poll

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points Previous Ranking
1. University of California at Berkeley (12) 258 1
2. Yale University (1) 245 3t
3. University of Washington 228 3t
4. Harvard University 213 2
5. Princeton University 199 3t
6. Brown University 187 7
7. Northeastern University 175 3t
8. Boston University 153 9
9. Dartmouth College 144 8
10. Syracuse University 141 10t
11. Cornell University 131 10t
12. University of Wisconsin 117 12
13. Stanford University 96 13
14. University of Pennsylvania 91 14
15. Columbia University 67 17
16. Georgetown University 66 16
17. George Washington University 63 15
18. United States Naval Academy 55 18
19. Florida Institute of Technology 52 19
20. Oregon State University 14 Not Ranked

Others Receiving Votes: St. Joseph’s University, Drexel University, Hobart College, Santa Clara University and College of the Holy Cross.

Dropped Out: Drexel University

 Voting Coaches: Greg Hughes (Princeton), Paul Bugenhagen (Hobart), Kyle Dowd (Vermont), Campbell Woods (Marist), Mike Irwin (St. Joseph’s), Todd Kennett (Cornell), Charley Butt (Harvard), Jim Barr (Holy Cross), Wyatt Allen (Dartmouth), Brendan Murphy (Trinity), John Pojednic (Northeastern), Jim Granger (FIT), and Mark Davis (GWU).

 Men’s Lightweight Eight Poll

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points Previous Ranking
1. Cornell University (7) 105 1
2. Princeton University 84 2
3. Columbia University 80 6
4. Harvard University 78 4
5. Yale University 74 3
6. University of Delaware 70 7
7. University of Pennsylvania 61 5
8. United States Naval Academy 60 8
9. Dartmouth College 44 9
10. Temple University 43 11
11. Georgetown University 40 10
12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 34 12
13. Mercyhurst University 28 13
14. University of California at Berkeley 18 14
15. Purdue University 6 15

Others Receiving Votes: St. Joseph’s University, UCLA, and Washington State University

Dropped Out: None

Voting Coaches: Charles Huthmaker (Fairfield), Lee Rumpf (Georgetown), Billy Boyce (Harvard), Sean Healey (Dartmouth), Nich Lee Parker (Columbia), Andy Card (Yale), Shawn Bagnall (Navy)

Women’s Lightweight Eight Poll 

Rank Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points Previous Ranking
1. Stanford University (5) 59 1
2. Boston University (1) 45 4
3. Princeton University 43 3
4. University of Wisconsin 40 5
5. Georgetown University 39 8
6. Harvard-Radcliffe 35 2
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 28 6
8. University of Tulsa 20 7
9. University of California at Berkeley 7 9
10t. Pennsylvania State University 1 10t
10t. Washington State University 1 Not Ranked

Others Receiving Votes: None

Dropped Out: Bucknell University and Clemson University

Voting Coaches: Dusty Mattison (Wisconsin), Malcolm Doldron (Boston University), Claire Martin-Doyle (MIT), Kate Bertko (Stanford), Sarah Baker (Harvard-Radcliffe), Rodney Mott (Tulsa)