Willamette Gains Points in National Rankings

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University has moved up to 16th in the nation according to points received in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/U.S. Rowing Poll for women's varsity eights in NCAA Division III. Trinity College (Conn.) remained the #1 team. The poll was released on Wednesday, April 9.

Willamette was the first team listed among others receiving votes in the Top 15 Poll. Each team's point total was included, making it easy to determine that Willamette was ranked 16th in Division III.

WU was one of two teams from the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference to earn a ranking this week. The University of Puget Sound was tied for seventh. NCRC rivals Pacific Lutheran University and Lewis & Clark College both fell out of the rankings.

Trinity led the poll with six of 10 first place votes and 196 points. Williams College (Mass.) received the four remaining first place votes and had 192 total points. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Conn.) was third with 160 points, Bates College (Maine) was fourth with 147 points and Ithaca College (N.Y.) was fifth at 144.

Willamette and Puget Sound will meet for the third time in four weeks at the NCRC Championships on Saturday, April 19 at Vancouver Lake, in Vancouver, Wash. UPS took first place and finished 29.0 seconds in front of the Bearcats in the WV8+ on March 29 at the Daffodil Cup in Lakewood, Wash. Willamette cut the margin to 7.7 seconds at Vancouver Lake on April 5 during the NCRC Invitational, when UPS won the Division III women's varsity eights and Willamette was second.

Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Poll
NCAA Division III Women's Varsity Eights
April 9, 2008

Team (1st Place Votes), Points
#1 - Trinity College, Conn. (6), 196
#2 - Williams College, Mass. (4), 192
#3 - U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 160
#4 - Bates College, Maine 147
#5 - Ithaca College, N.Y., 144
#6 - Tufts University, Mass., 141
#7 - (tie) University of Puget Sound, Wash., 136
#7 - (tie) Smith College, Mass., 136
#9 - Mount Holyoke College, Mass., 130
#10 - William Smith College, N.Y., 104
#11 - Colby College, Maine, 95
#12 - University of Mary Washington, Va., 92
#13 - Wesleyan College, Ga., 86
#14 - Wellesley College, Mass., 51
#15 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mass., 48
Others receiving votes: Willamette University, Ore., 29; Hamilton College, N.Y., 28; Simmons College, Mass., 13; Vassar College, N.Y., 8; St. Lawrence University, N.Y., 7; Washington College, Md., 7.

Head Coach Susan Parkman is preparing the Willamette WV8+ for another meeting with NCRC rival Puget Sound.

Head Coach Susan Parkman is preparing the Willamette WV8+ for another meeting with NCRC rival Puget Sound.