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 sports season has already had women's soccer, volleyball and men's soccer advance to the NCAA Championships, with the women's soccer team winning the NCAA Division II National Championship.

• WWU 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. WWU has been among the Top 100 in each of its 18 seasons as a NCAA II member. They had seven straight Top 20 finishes from 2007 to 2014, placing sixth in 2009-10 and seventh in 2010-11.

• In 2015-16, WWU won its eighth consecutive and 12th overall GNAC All-Sports championship.

• The 2015-16 sports year had several highlights, including the women's soccer team and volleyball team winning the West Region and advancing to the NCAA II Final Four, and the women's cross country team recorded the best finish in NCAA school history in 6th place at the NCAA II National Championships. The Track & Field program sent a record 12 athletes to the national meet and both basketball teams advanced to the GNAC semifinal.

• 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. 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's Rowing from 2005 to 2011, being the first NCAA school in any division to achieve that distinction. The Vikings placed among the top three nationally from 2002 to 2014 its four and eight reaching grand finals every time during that stretch. The rowing program has advanced to the NCAA National Championships in 15 of the last 16 seasons.

• Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, which includes all freshman 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.

• WWU student-athletes raised over $2,000 for the PeaceHealth Cancer Center in Bellingham during the 2015-16 school year. Altogether, the Vikings have brought in over $60,000 in the last six years, most of it going to The American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Western's student-athletes also help support the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.

• WWU won the national men's basketball championship in 2012 and women's soccer in 2016, 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. Volleyball and women's soccer played in the NCAA II Final Four in 2015.

• WWU ranks among the top 15 in women's basketball victories among all four-year schools with that program making 15 NCAA tournament appearances in 16 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.


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