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Women's rowing ranked No. 3 nationally in preseason poll

The Bates women's first varsity eight defeated 32 of 34 boats in the Women's Collegiate Eights division by a substantial margin. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's rowing team received a No. 3 national ranking in Division III as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing preseason polls were released.

Coming off of two straight top-five performances in the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships, as well as an excellent fall season that included a second-place finish in the Head of the Charles, the Bobcats received 184 points in the poll, only one point behind No. 2 Trinity (185) and 17 points ahead of No. 4 Ithaca (167). Williams has the preseason No. 1 ranking with 199 points.

Two-time First Team All-America honoree Nicole Ritchie (East Dummerston, Vt.) leads the Bobcats to the start of spring competition on the weekend of April 4-5.

View the CRCA/USRowing preseason polls.