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Facts about Western Athletics

*In 2013-14, approximately 300 students will participate in 15 varsity sports at WWU, six for men and nine for women. WWU has been an official member of NCAA Division II since September 1998.

*In 2012-13, WWU placed 12th among 300 NCAA Division II schools in the Sports Director's Cup national all-sports standings, the fifth straight Top 15 finish for the Vikings. The Vikings were sixth in 2009-10, seventh in 2010-11, 10th in 2008-09 and 13th in 2012-13. WWU has had 10 straight Top 50 finishes and been among the Top 100 in each of its 15 seasons as a NCAA II member.

*In 2012-13, WWU reached the national semifinals in men's and women's basketball and men's golf. The Vikings also were third in women's rowing, reached the Far West Regional final in women's soccer and advanced to the West Regional semifinals in volleyball.

*In 2012-13, WWU won its fifth straight and ninth overall Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports championship, setting league records for most league titles won (8) and points (206). The championships were in women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, indoor and outdoor men's track & field and men's golf and women's golf.

*In 2011-12, WWU won a national championship in men's basketball and placed second in women's rowing. The Vikings also were ninth nationally in men's golf, 10th in men's cross country and 12th in women's cross country, while reaching the West Regional semifinals in women's basketball.

*WWU won seven straight 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 have placed among the top three nationally in each of the last 12 seasons.

*The 2011 NCAA graduation rate study showed that 69 percent of WWU student-athletes receive their degrees in six years or less based on the Federal Graduation Rate formula. That was higher than both the national average for NCAA II schools (55 percent), and the average of the nine U.S. schools in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (56 percent). The 69 percent graduation rate is equal to the impressive rate for all freshmen who entered WWU in fall of 2004.

*Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, which includes all freshman student-athletes from the fall of 2004 and also accounts for student-athletes who transfer into or out of the institution, WWU posted an 88 percent success rate, compared to the NCAA II national number of 73 percent. The average ASR of the nine U.S. GNAC schools was 77 percent.

*And WWU student-athletes also were involved in community projects during the 2012-13 school year, raising $10,315 for The American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and $2,000 for the PeaceHealth Cancer Center in Bellingham from four other fundraisers. Altogether the Vikings have raised $41,000 over the last three years.

*WWU placed second nationally in volleyball in 2007, and reached the national semifinals in men's basketball in 2001 and women's basketball in 2000.

*WWU ranks among the top 15 in women's basketball victories among all four-year schools with that program making 14 NCAA tournament appearances in 15 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.