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The First Time ACC Has Five Teams Nationally Ranked in the CRCA Top 20
GREENSBORO, N.C. — For the first time in its history, the Atlantic Coast Conference has five rowing teams ranked among the Top 20 teams in the nation in the inaugural Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll for 2014.
Three ranked teams was the previous high for the league, which adds nationally ranked rowing squads from Notre Dame and Syracuse this year.
Virginia leads all ACC schools in the initial 2014 CRCA poll, ranked third. The Cavaliers totaled 10 first-place votes and 452 points to finish behind first-place Ohio State (460 points, 13 first place votes), the defending NCAA National Champion, and second-place California (459 points) in one of the closest three-way voting totals in the history of the CRCA poll.
The Cavaliers’ ranking for coach Kevin Sauer is their 101st since 2002 and marks the 65th consecutive poll that they have appeared in the CRCA Top 20. Virginia finished the 2013 campaign ranked fifth nationally.
New ACC member Notre Dame joined Virginia in the Top 10 with a No. 8 ranking. The Fighting Irish, coached by Martin Stone, finished 13th in the final 2013 CRCA poll.
UVa and Notre Dame were then followed by Clemson (18th), Syracuse (19th) and Duke (20th).
Clemson, coached by Robbie Tenenbaum, made its 56th appearance in the CRCA Top 20, the Tigers finished 2013 also ranked 18th.
New member Syracuse, coached by Justin Moore, has been a frequent member of the Top 20, but finished just out of the national rankings last year at 21st.
Duke, coached by Robyn Horner, recorded its eighth Top 20 ranking. The Blue Devils finished the2013 season just outside the Top 20 behind Syracuse at No. 22.
Louisville, which is a member of the American Athletic Conference this year but will join the ACC on July 1, was ranked 16th.
The 2014 ACC Rowing Championship will be held on Saturday, May 17, on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C.