May 18, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After their third-place showing at last weekend's Aramark Central/South Region Sprints, the Tennessee Lady Volunteers moved into ninth in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Varsity Eights poll.
After opening the year at No. 12, the Lady Vols dropped down the ratings the first two regular-season releases before halting the slide in the April 12 charts, climbing to No. 15. The stand would not last, as the crew eventually fell out of the rankings after racing top-ranked Princeton. Last weekend, UT topped five ranked opponents in its three races, including previous No. 6 Michigan twice to help the squad claim the NCAA South Region title.
The Princeton Tigers snagged all 24 first-place votes to go wire-to-wire in the top spot. California is No. 2, with Washington State jumping five places to third. Southern California and Notre Dame rounded out the top five. The Fighting Irish climbed five spots after they won the First Eights grand final last weekend at the Aramark Sprints in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Dropping a place to No. 6 is Brown, while Aramark Sprints First Eights grand final runner-up Ohio State fell three spots to No. 7. Yale slipped to No. 8, with the Lady Vols and Wisconsin closing out the top 10.
Tennessee makes its full-team debut at the NCAA Rowing Championships next Friday, May 26. Rutgers University and the Princeton National Rowing Association are serving as hosts for the event that runs through Sunday, May 28 on Mercer Lake at the Finn Caspersen Rowing Center.
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