The University of Virginia women are coming off a strong win at their home invitational, the Lou Onesty Invitational, where the finished well ahead of in-state foes Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond. The Virginia women have 16 national votes currently as they sit four teams away from a top 25 ranking. Meanwhile, the College of William & Mary women will be racing their top squad for the first time this weekend at the Paul Short Invitational held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The William & Mary women are two teams behind Virginia with 8 national votes.
In the latest men's national Division I rankings, both Virginia and William & Mary men's programs are sitting just outside of top 25 rankings. Both squads competed at the Lou Onesty Invitational as the Tribe came away with the win despite running without a few of their studs such as Matt Keally and Keith Bechtol among others. UVA, who finished third in their home invitational, were also running without some of their returnees including seniors Dave Vitto and Ryan Neuhart. Currently, William & Mary has 54 national votes, while Virginia is just behind with 46 votes.
The Christopher Newport men had an off weekend from racing, but managed to earn an additional six votes for a nine vote total. Currently, they are sitting only two spots away from a top 25 position. The Captains will have an excellent shot at moving into the top 25 if they perform well at the Paul Short Invitational where several nationally ranked Division III squads will be competing.