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WWU Finishes 26th in DII Directors' Cup Standings

June 9, 2016

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Western Washington University Athletics program finished 26th among 307 NCAA Division II schools in the final 2015-16 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

The Vikings finished in the top 50 in the Directors’ Cup Standings for the 13th consecutive year and placed inside the top 30 for the eighth time. WWU was 36th in the standings in 2014-15 and 20th in 2013-14.

The Vikings totaled 441.50 points, which included 239.50 in the fall and 202.00 in the spring. WWU has had 15 top 50 national finishes in the 18-year history of the all-sports award, and was among the top 20 in seven consecutive seasons from 2007-08 to 2013-14. The school's highest finishes were 6th in 2009-10 and 7th in 2010-11.

The 2015-16 sports season included several standout performances, including women’s soccer and volleyball reaching the Final Four, rowing finishing 3rd in the NCAA II Championships and women’s cross country recording a 6th-place finish at the national meet. Men’s and women’s golf both advanced to the NCAA Regional and men’s and women’s basketball both reached the semifinal of the GNAC Tournament.

WWU's national placing was the second highest among Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools with Alaska Anchorage finishing in a school-record 8th place with 570.50 points. Simon Fraser was third-best amongst GNAC schools in 55th place (308.00) and Seattle Pacific was 67th (286.00).

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as 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.

Grand Valley State repeated as the Division II all-sports champion, its 11th Director’s Cup Division II trophy.

WWU was the GNAC all-sports champion for the eighth consecutive year and for the 12th time in the 15-year history of the league.

While having success in competition, WWU student-athletes continued to be outstanding in the classroom. Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, WWU was at 87 percent, 14 percentage points better than the NCAA II national number of 73 percent.

WWU’s Director's Cup Standings

Year

Ranking

Division

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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