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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia rowing team claimed the top spot in the preseason USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll. Virginia earned 18 first-place votes and 477 points to garner the No. 1 ranking.

Princeton was No. 2 (450 points, five first-place votes) and California was No. 3 (440 points, one first-place vote).

Rounding out the top five were No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Brown.

“We appreciate the respect the pollsters have given us,” Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer said. “But we realize the poll at the end of the year is the one that counts.”

Virginia opened its spring season with a successful scrimmage against Michigan State on March 12 in Marion, Va. The Cavaliers were the 2010 NCAA Champions.

UVa travels to Redwood Shores, Calif., on March 26-27 for races against No. 4 Stanford and No. 2 California.

Women’s NCAA Division I Team Rankings

Team (first-place votes) Points
1.
VIRGINIA (18) 477
2.
Princeton (5) 450
3.
California (1) 440
4.
Stanford 404
5. Brown 396
6. Yale (1) 369
7. Washington 316
8.
Michigan State 314
9.
USC 296
10. Wisconsin 289
11.
Michigan 260
12. Washington State 202
13.
Ohio State 193
14.
UCLA 183
15.
Clemson 150
16.
Tennessee 125
17. Dartmouth 91
18. Cornell 75
19. Harvard 43
20. Texas 27
Receiving votes: Iowa 24, Oregon State 22, Pennsylvania 21, Northeastern 19, Columbia 18, Duke 13, Notre Dame 11, Minnesota 7, Louisville 4, Indiana 4, Bucknell 2, Boston University 2, San Diego 1, Buffalo 1, Navy 1.

Bold indicates 2011 opponent.

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