Willamette's WV8+ Preserves Hold on #8 in NCAA Division III Poll

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- For the fourth consecutive week, the Willamette University women's varsity eight+ continues to hold the #8 ranking in the NCAA Division III Poll. This week's poll was released on Wednesday, May 6 by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

The Bearcats recently competed at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif., on May 2-3. The WV8+ finished in fourth place with a time of 7:06.3 for the 2,000-meter course.

Williams College (Mass.) continues to be ranked #1 with all 10 first place votes and 200 points in the poll. Bates College (Maine) is #2 with 187 points and Trinity College (Conn). is ranked #3 with 176. Ithaca College (N.Y). follows at #4 with 169, while the University of Puget Sound is #5 with 165. Willamette and Puget Sound compete in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC).

The #6-ranked team this week is St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) with 142 points. Smith College (Mass.) is #7 at 136 points and Willamette is #8 with 126. Rounding out the Top 10 are Wesleyan University (Mass.) at #9 with 125 points and Skidmore College (Mass.) at #10 with 109.

The Willamette women's lightweight varsity eight+ is ranked 17th in the nation based on points in the U.S. Rowing Poll released on May 6 for all three NCAA Divisions and club teams.

Willamette was listed among others receiving votes in the Top 15 Poll. The points received by each team were included with the rankings. Based on those point totals, Willamette is currently 17th in the nation. In the current poll, the Bearcats trailed only Division I varsity and Division I club teams.

The WL8+ from Willamette finished second at the WIRA Championships behind the club team from University of California. WU's time was 7:16.8.

The University of Wisconsin is ranked #1 in the women's lightweight poll with 160 points. Radcliffe and Stanford University are tied for #2 with 147 points. Willamette received 22 points in the poll to finish in 17th.

Willamette's top two varsity eights (WV8+ and W2V8+) are under consideration for a team berth in the NCAA Championships, set for May 29-31 at Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The Bearcat women's lightweight varsity eight+ is being considered for an at-large bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships, set for June 4-6 at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

COMPLETE RANKINGS
US Rowing/CRCA Poll
NCAA Division III Varsity Eights
Released on May 6, 2009
COMPLETE RANKINGS
US Rowing Poll
Lightweight Eights (All Divisions)
Released on May 6, 2009
The Willamette women's varsity eight+ is ranked #8 in NCAA Division III for the fourth week in a row.

The Willamette women's varsity eight+ is ranked #8 in NCAA Division III for the fourth week in a row.