Facts about Western Athletics

• Western Washington University is a four-year public institution located in Bellingham, Washington (population 82,000), 90 minutes North of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by the San Juan Islands and Bellingham Bay to the West, and Mt. Baker and the Cascade Mountain Range to the East, the Western campus is an idyllic setting for outdoor adventure, community involvement and higher learning.

• In 2016-17, approximately 300 students participated in 15 varsity sports at WWU, 6 for men and 9 for women. WWU has been an official member of NCAA Division II since September 1998. The 2016-17 athletic sport season was one of the most successful in WWU history, with the women's soccer and women's rowing teams winning national championships, and 13 of 15 teams reaching the NCAA Division II championships.

• WWU finished 11th among 309 NCAA Division II schools in the final 2016-17 Learfield Sports Director' Cup standings, marking the eighth top 20 finish in the last 10 years. WWU finished 26th in 2015-16 and 36th in the standings in 2014-15, continuing a streak of 14 consecutive years inside the top 50. WWU has been among the Top 100 in each of its 19 seasons as a NCAA II member, including seven straight Top 20 finishes from 2007 to 2014, placing sixth in 2009-10 and seventh in 2010-11.

• The 2016-17 sports year had several highlights with 13 of 15 programs advancing to NCAA II postseason competition. The women's soccer and women's rowing team both won national championships, the men's and women's basketball programs advanced to the NCAA II Tournament, the softball and men's soccer program both recorded its first NCAA II victory in program history, the volleyball team played in the West Region Championship for the second straight season and the men's golf team placed 16th at the NCAA Championships. Additionally, Bethany Drake won her second national championship in the javelin at the NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. 

• In 2015-16, WWU won its eighth consecutive and 12th overall GNAC All-Sports championship, and finished 2nd in 2016-17.

• WWU is 100-9-7 (.892) over last five years in women's soccer, reaching national playoffs and winning conference regular-season titles in each of those five seasons. Reached NCAA II Final Four in three of the last four seasons, culminating in the 2016 NCAA II National Championship. Also reached the NCAA Division II postseason in volleyball each of the last five seasons (including 2016), and the NCAA Final Four in 2015 with a roster of 10 freshman and sophomores.

• WWU won seven consecutive Division II national titles in Women' Rowing from 2005 to 2011, being the first NCAA school in any division to achieve that distinction, and added an eighth national title in 2017. The Vikings placed among the top three nationally from 2002 to 2014, with its four and eight-oared boats reaching grand finals every time during that stretch. The rowing program has advanced to the NCAA National Championships in 16 of the 17 seasons of the event.

• 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 and graduated within six years, was 85 percent, compared to the NCAA II national rate of 56 percent.

• WWU student-athletes raised over $2,000 for the PeaceHealth Cancer Center in Bellingham during the 2016-17 school year. Altogether, the Vikings have brought in over $60,000 in the last seven years, most of it going to The American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Western' student-athletes also help support the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.

• WWU won the national men's basketball championship in 2012, women's soccer in 2016 and women's rowing in 2017. Also placed second nationally in volleyball in 2007, and reached the national semifinals in men's basketball in 2001 and 2013, women's basketball in 2000 and 2013 and men's golf in 2013. 

• WWU ranks among the top 15 in women's basketball victories among all four-year schools (993) with that program making 16 NCAA tournament appearances in 19 years. The Vikings had the fourth-longest league volleyball winning streak in NCAA II of 57 from 2002-04. WWU, which won the NAIA national softball title in 1998, had a 38-game victory string in women's soccer from 1982-84.

06/20/2017 - W. Basketball

Vikings Add Three Transfers to Program

06/19/2017 - M. Soccer

Men's Soccer Announces 2017 Schedule

06/19/2017 - General Release

Carver Memories -- Sept. 25, 2006

06/14/2017 - W. Basketball

2016-17 Women's Basketball Season in Review

06/13/2017 - M. Basketball

2016-17 Men's Basketball Season in Review

06/05/2017 - General Release

Carver Memories -- Aug. 17, 2012