May 31, 2017 Poll

When polling season began, the University of California sat at the top of the preseason ranking with the University of Washington holding fourth place. As the season unfolded, Washington began to race its way to the top as Cal fell to second.

At the conclusion of racing on Mercer Lake at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships, Washington claimed the national title by nine points over Cal, which the final USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division I poll presented by Pocock Racing Shells.

The Division I women of Washington took first in every event at NCAAs and garnered all 25 first-place votes in this week’s poll. Cal took second overall in the championship race and locked its spot as the second seed this week.

The University of Michigan was third in this week’s rankings, while the University of Texas and The Ohio State University rounded out the polls in fourth and fifth, respectively. Stanford University enjoyed a jump up to sixth in the coaches poll after the varsity eight finished in second place in the NCAA grand final, just two seconds behind Washington.

In Division II polling, Western Washington University held its top rank, obtaining all five votes after narrowly taking the team points title from second-place University of Central Oklahoma at NCAAs by one point.

In third was Mercyhurst University, while the Florida Institute of Technology and Humboldt State University took the fourth and fifth-place rankings in the final coaches poll.

The Division III rankings are categorized solely by varsity eights standing and a postseason poll is not run.  The final DIII poll can be found May 17th.

Women’s NCAA Division I Rankings

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Votes Prior Ranking
1 University of Washington (25) 500 1
2 University of California, Berkeley 463 2
3 University of Michigan 415 3
4 University of Texas 400 4t
5 Ohio State University 396 4t
6 Stanford University 387 8
7 Yale University 347 9
8 Brown University 320 6
9 University of Wisconsin 307 11
10 Princeton University 304 7
11 University of Virginia 258 10
12 Indiana University 205 14
13 Syracuse University 195 12
14 Washington State University 179 15
15 University of Iowa 173 13
16 University of Notre Dame 101 16
17 Northeastern University 74 NR
18 University of Southern California 39 17
19 Michigan State University 34 18
20 Duke University 33 19

Other Receiving Votes in Alphabetical Order: Gonzaga University, Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Central Florida, University of Louisville, University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania

Women’s NCAA Division II Rankings

Rank Team (First Place Votes) Votes Prior Ranking
1 Western Washington University (5) 190 1
2 University of Central Oklahoma 165 2
3 Mercyhurst University 135 3
4 Florida Institute of Technology 103 6
5 Humboldt State University 100 4
6 University of California San Diego 78 5
7 Barry University 63 7
8 Nova Southeastern University 42 8

Other Receiving Votes: Philadelphia University (25)