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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) 	Points1. 	Princeton (13) 	 	4502. 	California (9) 	 	4213. 	Virginia	 	3864. 	Ohio State 	 	3835. 	Yale 	 	 	3616. 	Brown 	 	 	2997. 	Michigan	 	2868. 	Wisconsin	 	2549. 	Washington State 	25210. 	Washington	 	22611. 	Southern California (1) 21412. 	Tennessee	 	20513. 	Michigan State 	 	19514. 	UCLA	 	 	14915. 	Stanford 	 	13716. 	Boston University 	12917. 	Harvard 	 	12418. 	Northeastern 	 	9119. 	Minnesota	 	8120. 	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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