March 18, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's rowing is ranked 12th in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I Poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells, the organizations announced this week.
Six of the Pac-10's seven rowing squads are ranked in the top-20 poll. California is third with 440 votes, followed by Stanford in fourth with 404 votes. Washington (seventh, 316), USC (ninth, 296), Washington State (12th, 202) and UCLA (14th, 183) round out the Pac-10 teams in the preseason rankings. Oregon State is receiving votes with 22.
Last year's national champion, Virginia, is ranked first in the poll with 477, followed by Princeton with 450 points, which finished third at the championships in 2010. Brown (396 points) picks up where it left off last season in fifth.
At the 2010 NCAA Rowing Championship, hosted by Washington State at Lake Natoma, Calif., the Pac-10 Champions, California Golden Bears, placed second, followed by the league's runner-up, Stanford in fourth. Washington State finished sixth in the conference and 13th at the NCAA Championships.
The Cougars return five rowers from last season's varsity eight boat, which placed 14th at the championships last year and six from the second varsity eight boat that placed eighth.
Washington State hosts Class Day Races, Saturday, March 19 at Wawawai Landing and opens the competitive spring season Saturday, March 26 at Gonzaga.