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WWU Finishes 11th in DII Directors' Cup Standings

June 8, 2017

Final 2016-17 Division II Learfield Cup Standings

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University Athletics program finished 11th among over 300 NCAA Division II schools in the final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings.

WWU finished in the top 20 in the Directors' Cup standings for the eighth time in the last 10 years, and in the top 50 for the 14th consecutive season. Western was 26th in the standings last year, 36th in 2014-15 and 20th in 2013-14. The 11th-place finish is the highest by the Vikings 15 intercollegiate programs since a 7th-place finish in 2010-11.

The banner athletics season was highlighted by national championships won by the women's soccer and women's rowing programs, and 13 of the 15 programs having representation in NCAA II postseason competition.

"Our student-athletes, coaches and support staff work tirelessly to elevate our programs to an elite level and this season proved to be one of the best in WWU history," said WWU Director of Athletics Steve Card. "All of our programs obtained high levels of success both in the classroom and on the field of competition, and represented our university in a very positive manner."

WWU was 6th after the first fall standings, 14th after the winter points total was announced and finished 11th overall with 540.50 points, narrowly missing out on the fourth top 10 finish in the 19 years of being affiliated with the NCAA Division II level.

A strong spring season lifted WWU to its final 11th-place finish recording 229.0 points, with the women's rowing team winning its eighth national championship to total 100 of those points. Softball (25 points), Men's  Golf (58.5 points) and Women's Track & Field (45.5 points) also contributed to a very successful spring sports season.

"We had a fantastic spring season to wrap up an unbelievable overall year," said Card. "To see Bethany Drake win her second national championship in the javelin, our rowing team win its eighth national title, our men's golf team return to the national championships and our softball program win the GNAC Tournament and play in the NCAA Regional really capped off a special year."

Led by 100 points from the national championship won by the women's soccer team, the fall season recorded 214.0 points (Volleyball - 64, Men's Soccer - 50). WWU was one of only three schools to have women's soccer, men's soccer and women's volleyball programs each qualify for the national tournament. The winter sports season garnered 97.50 points (Women's Basketball - 50 points, Men's Basketball - 25 points, Indoor Track & Field - 22.5 points).

"Every program had an impact on this great season, whether it be our basketball teams playing in the NCAA regional or our volleyball team playing in another regional championship game, the Vikings were a force on the national stage this season," said Card.

Grand Valley State captured its 12th Division II Learfield Directors' Cup finishing with 1,020 points. WWU ranked first amongst the 11 schools in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and 4th out of 38 NCAA Division II West Region programs. West Region teams ahead of WWU included No. 2 California Baptist (750.25), No. 4 UC San Diego (637.00) and No. 9 Chico State (551.50). The Great Northwest Athletic Conference was the only Division II conference to have three top-20 members, with Simon Fraser ranking 15th (515.00 points) and Alaska Anchorage 18th (512.00 points).

"The GNAC and the whole West Region is very competitive, from top to bottom," added Card. "It was a great year for our conference and a great year for the West Region as a whole."

While having success in competition, WWU student-athletes continue to be outstanding in the classroom. Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, which includes all freshmen student-athletes from the fall of 2009 and also accounts for student-athletes who transfer into or out of the institution, WWU posted an 86 percent success rate, compared to the NCAA II national number of 71 percent. WWU's federal grad rate for student-athletes for the entering class of 2009, which looks only at how many freshmen student-athletes who received athletically based financial aid graduated within six years, was 85 percent, compared to the NCAA II national rate of 56 percent.

"We are looking forward continuing our success next season as we move our athletic family back into Carver Gymnasium," said Card, as the two-year renovation of the hub of WWU Athletics nears completion. "Our coaches and student-athletes had amazing success while dealing with the transition of Carver being offline, and we greatly look forward to moving back into our home."

2016-17 Learfield Cup Division II Final Standings

Rk

School

Total

Fall

Winter

Spring

1.

Grand Valley State

1020.00

350.00

351.50

318.50

2.

California Baptist

750.25

154.00

333.50

262.75

3.

West Florida

641.00

156.00

146.50

338.50

4.

UC San Diego

637.00

147.00

231.50

258.50

5.

Queens (NC)

618.00

167.00

325.50

125.50

6.

Lindenwood

578.00

97.00

172.00

309.00

7.

West Texas A&M

566.50

54.00

212.00

300.50

8.

Minnesota State

559.75

50.00

244.25

265.50

9.

Chico State

551.50

185.00

73.00

293.50

10.

Adams State

543.50

190.00

210.00

143.50

11.

Western Washington

540.50

214.00

97.50

229.00

12.

Wingate

537.00

169.00

329.00

39.00

13.

Shippensburg (PA)

523.00

233.50

147.50

142.00

14.

Colorado School of Mines

520.50

324.00

174.50

22.00

15.

Simon Fraser

515.00

148.50

303.00

63.50

16.

Florida Southern

514.00

112.00

137.00

265.00

17.

Indianapolis

513.00

0.00

184.00

329.00

18.

Alaska Anchorage

512.00

235.50

205.00

71.50

19.

Adelphi

509.00

162.00

50.00

297.00

20.

Central Missouri

504.75

98.00

200.00

206.75

WWU'S DIVISION II
DIRECTOR'S CUP STANDINGS

Year

Ranking

Division

2016-2017

11

DII

2015-2016

26

DII

2014-2015

36

DII

2013-2014

20

DII

2012-2013

13

DII

2011-2012

13

DII

2010-2011

7

DII

2009-2010

6

DII

2008-2009

10

DII

2007-2008

20

DII

2006-2007

32

DII

2005-2006

34

DII

2004-2005

42

DII

2003-2004

31

DII

2002-2003

63

DII

2001-2002

44

DII

2000-2001

71

DII

1999-2000

37

DII

1998-1999

96

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