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Bears Grab No. 3 Spot in Preseason Poll
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2004

March 24, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - With a third-place finish at the 2003 IRA Championships, the California men's varsity eight has been ranked third in the 2004 USRowing preseason poll. Harvard grabbed the No. 1 spot after a surprising victory at IRA's, and Washington claimed the second spot. Cal is tied with Princeton for the third spot. Brown and Wisconsin round out the top five in a tie for fifth place.

Of the six Pac-10 rowing programs, four are nationally ranked in the top 20, with Oregon State ranked 12th and Stanford ranked No. 16.

USRowing Collegiate Men's Varsity Eight Poll

Team                           (1st-Place Votes)Points
1.   Harvard                            (11) 258
2.   Washington                         (2)  244
3t.  Princeton                               228
3t.  California                              228
5t.  Brown                                   184
5t.  Wisconsin                               184
7t.  Cornell                                 172
7t.  Navy                                    172
9.   Yale                                    146
10.  Northeastern                            142
11.  Dartmouth                               113
12.  Oregon State                            105
13.  Michigan                                96
14.  Boston University                       76
15.  Syracuse                                64
16.  Stanford                                62
17t. Rutgers                                 61
17t. Pennsylvania                            61
19.  Temple                                  50
20.  Dowling                                 25

The USRowing collegiate lightweight eight preseason polls were also released this week with Cal's lightweight women tied for seventh with M.I.T. and the Cal men ranked 14th.

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