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Virginia is Ranked No. 3 in Preseason Poll

March 14, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Virginia women's rowing varsity eight team is ranked No. 3 nationally, according to the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association preseason poll.

Princeton opens the spring as the nation's top ranked team, followed by California at Berkeley, Virginia, Ohio State, and Yale.

The Cavaliers finished second in the team competition at the 2005 NCAA Rowing Championships. UVa's varsity four crew and second varsity eight won the NCAA Championship in those events.

Virginia won its sixth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship last spring, and also won the overall and South Region Championship at the Central/South Region Sprints for the second consecutive season.

The Cavaliers open the spring season on March 25 at the Windermere Classic in Redwood City, Calif.

Women's NCAA Division I Varsity Eights
(preseason poll)

	Team (1st-Place Votes) 	Points
1. 	Princeton (13) 	 	450
2. 	California (9) 	 	421
3. 	Virginia	 	386
4. 	Ohio State 	 	383
5. 	Yale 	 	 	361
6. 	Brown 	 	 	299
7. 	Michigan	 	286
8. 	Wisconsin	 	254
9. 	Washington State 	252
10. 	Washington	 	226
11. 	Southern California (1) 214
12. 	Tennessee	 	205
13. 	Michigan State 	 	195
14. 	UCLA	 	 	149
15. 	Stanford 	 	137
16. 	Boston University 	129
17. 	Harvard 	 	124
18. 	Northeastern 	 	91
19. 	Minnesota	 	81
20. 	Columbia	 	59

Also Receiving Votes: Dartmouth 29, Oregon State 21, Syracuse 18, Notre Dame 17, Louisville 11, Duke 9, Texas 9, Iowa 7, Clemson 4, Indiana 1, Sacramento State 1, and Pennsylvania 1.




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