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April 4, 2002

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%^$%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s rowing team achieved its highest ranking in program history at No. 3 in the first USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll of the season. The University of Washington garnered 19 first-place votes to claim the top spot. Washington, which won the NCAA title in the women’s eight in 2001, earned 493 points, while Brown University earned six first-place votes and 480 total points to take the second spot in the poll.%^$

%^$Ohio State opened the 2001 season tied for No. 7, at the time the highest program ranking, and finished the year No. 7 at the NCAA tournament. Ohio State has qualified for each of the last two NCAA championships.%^$

%^$USRowing, in conjunction with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), will conduct weekly polls for Women’s NCAA Division I Collegiate Varsity Eights throughout the season.%^$

%^$Ohio State is competing this weekend in San Diego, Calif., at the 2002 Crew Classic.%^$

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Women’s NCAA Division I Varsity Eights%^$Team (1st-Place Votes) Points%^$1. University of Washington (19) 493%^$2. Brown University (6) 480%^$3. The Ohio State University 433%^$4. Princeton University 349%^$5. Yale University 347%^$6. University of Virginia 344%^$7. Syracuse University 319%^$8. University of Michigan 315%^$9. University of Southern California 305%^$10. Harvard University 244%^$11. University of California at Berkeley 224%^$12. Michigan State University 193%^$13. Stanford University 177%^$14. University of Texas 172%^$15. Boston University 155%^$16. Northeastern University 125%^$17. Duke University 101%^$18. University of Iowa 81%^$19. Oregon State University 72%^$20. University of Notre Dame 70%^$

%^$Others receiving votes: Columbia University 57, Cornell University 48, University of Wisconsin 46, Clemson University 34, Kansas State University 24, Dartmouth College 19, University of Minnesota 16, University of Pennsylvania 2, Washington State University 2, Boston College 1, Rutgers University 1, and University of Tennessee 1.