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March 29, 2012
Greensboro, N.C. — Virginia, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing champion, continues to be ranked No. 1 nationally in this week’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll. The Cavaliers, who have now earned six No. 1 rankings over the past three seasons, also began this year ranked No. 1 nationally.
Clemson, which was ranked 16th in the first CRCA poll of the year, moved up one spot to 15th.
The Cavaliers received 19 first-place votes and a total of 480 points to outdistance California, which recorded four first-place votes and a total of 455 points. Michigan made a big jump from 9th to 3rd with 396 points followed by Princeton (385) and Stanford (373), rounding out the Top Five.
The ranking marked Virginia’s 47th consecutive appearance in the poll and 83rd overall. UVa was ranked 3rd in the final CRCA poll of last year and finished 6th at the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships.
It was the Tigers 40th straight appearance in the CRCA national rankings. The Tigers were ranked 13th in the final CRCA poll of last year before finishing 15th in the 2011 NCAA Championships.
Virginia, Clemson, Duke and Miami will compete in this week’s San Diego Crew Classic, which will feature 12 of the top 20 ranked teams in the nation including all of the Top Eight teams.