June 6, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With the men's and women's basketball teams and men's golf squad all reaching the national semifinals and women's rowing finishing third at nationals, Western Washington University placed 12th nationally among 312 NCAA Division II schools in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released Tuesday, June 6.
It is the Vikings' fifth straight Top 15 finish. They also placed sixth in 2009-10, seventh in 2010-11, 10th in 2008-09 and 13th in 2011-12.
The Vikings finished with 526.50 points, 167.00 in the fall, 192.00 in the winter and 167.50 in the spring.
WWU's national placing was the highest among Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools with Alaska Anchorage second at No.21 (485.50).
Besides the finishes in men's and women's basketball, men's golf and women's rowing, the Vikings reached the Far West Regional in women's soccer and the regional semifinals in volleyball.
Grand Canyon AZ won the Division II all-sports championship for the second consecutive year with 954.75 points. Grand Valley State MI, which had taken the previous eight titles, was second at 939.25.
WWU was the GNAC all-sports champion for the fifth straight year and for the ninth time in the 12-year history of the league. The Vikings, who also won both the men's and women's crowns, captured conference titles in women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's indoor and outdoor track & field and men's and women's golf. WWU's eight championships and 206 total points were both GNAC records.
The Vikings have now had 10 straight top 50 national finishes and been among the top 100 in each of their first 15 seasons as a NCAA II member.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's NCAA finish in up to 14 sports - seven women's and seven men's.
While having success in competition, Western student-athletes continued to be outstanding in the classroom. The Vikings' graduation rate of 69 percent was 14 percent higher than the NCAA II national average. Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, WWU graded out to 88 percent, 15 percentage points higher than the NCAA II national average.
And WWU student-athletes also were involved in the community, raising $10,315 in an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser. Earlier this year, they raised over $2,000 from four other fundraisers - Dig Pink (volleyball), Pink Zone (women's basketball), Coaches vs. Cancer (men's basketball), and Strikeout Cancer (softball). Altogether, $45,000 has been raised over the last three years.
McMullin Wins Long Jump at GNAC Indoor...
WWU women are 4th, WWU men are 6th after first day at conference meet
WWU and Bellingham Selected as Host for 2019...
WECU Court at Carver Gym will host the 2019 GNAC Basketball Championships March 7-9, 2019
Second-Half Surge Lifts Vikings to 66-56 Win...
Deandre Dickson leads the way with 17-point, 7-rebound performance
Vikings Take Down Central Washington 67-59
Hannah Stipanovich scores game-high 19 points, WWU win for fifth time over last six games
Track & Field Set for GNAC Indoor Championships
The Vikings compete at the conference meet on Friday and Saturday in Idaho
Trio of Vikings Named GNAC All-Academic
Trevor Jasinsky, Trey Drechsel and Daulton Hommes honored by conference for academic performance
Trio of Vikings Named to GNAC All-Academic Team
Hannah Stipanovich, Amanda Lance and Lexie Bland honored by conference
Vikings to Host Central Washington and...
WWU faces CWU on Thursday, NNU on Saturday in GNAC matchups
Men's Basketball to Hold Reunion for 1987-88 Team
1987-88 Vikings reached the second round of the NAIA National Tournament and went 28-8 overall
Viking Men Host Alaska Schools in Penultimate...
WWU is 18-6 overall and in 2nd place in the GNAC with a 13-3 record
Four Vikings Net USTFCCCA All-Academic Accolades
Quartet honored for performance in competition and the classroom
Konrad Posts Provisional-Qualifying Mark at UW ...
J.T. Konrad ties for 6th in pole vault, WWU women add program top-10 marks
Late Comeback Falls Short in Women's Hoops 80-6...
Gracie Castaneda scores career-high 21 points as Vikings have four-game winning streak snapped
WWU Relay Teams Post Program Top-10 Times at...
Vikings close out Husky Classic on Saturday, UW Open set for Sunday
Softball Splits Final Day of Easton Classic in ...
WWU handles Colorado Mines 17-6, falls to Fort Lewis College 14-9
- Top Videos