Willamette Women's Varsity 8+ is Ranked #8 in NCAA Division III

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University women's varsity eight+ is ranked #8 this week in the NCAA Division III Poll released on April 15 by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). The Bearcats were ranked #7 a week ago. Smith College, Mass., switched positions with WU, moving up one spot from #8.

The top-ranked team in Division III remains Williams College, Mass., with nine of 10 first place votes and 199 points. Bates College (Maine) is #2 with 186 points and Trinity College (Conn.) is third with 179 points. Ithaca College (N.Y.) has one first place vote and holds the #4 spot with 170 points. The University of Puget Sound, a Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) rival of Willamette, is ranked #5 with 163 points.

Wesleyan University (Mass.) is #6 in the poll with 136 points. Smith follows at #7 with 132 points and Willamette is #8 with 127 points. Rounding out the Top 10 are St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) at #9 with 124 points and Mount Holyoke College (Mass.) at #10 with 100 points.

Last weekend, Willamette defeated Seattle Pacific University on April 11 at the Covered Bridge Regatta in Lowell, Ore. Seattle Pacific was tied for #4 in NCAA Division II at the time and fell one spot to #5 after losing to the Bearcats.

Up next for the Bearcats will be the NCRC Championships this weekend. The regatta will be held at Lake Stevens in Lake Stevens, Wash., on Saturday, April 18. Races are set to begin at 8 a.m. (PDT). The women's varsity 8+ will feature four of the top crews in the country, as Willamette and Puget Sound from NCAA Division III take on Seattle Pacific and top-ranked Western Washington University from NCAA Division II.

US Rowing/CRCA Poll
NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Released on April 15, 2009
The Bearcats are ranked #8 in the nation in the women's varsity eight+ for NCAA Division III.

The Bearcats are ranked #8 in the nation in the women's varsity eight+ for NCAA Division III.