May 31, 2006
Florida Atlantic University's athletic department has claimed four Atlantic Sun Conference women's titles in 2005-2006 and has accumulated 219 points to capture the A-Sun Sherman Day Trophy, awarded annually to the conference member that excels in all women's sports.
"This has been an exceptional year for Florida Atlantic's women's teams," Athletic Director Craig Angelos said. "You strive each season to see as many teams as possible reach postseason. With seven of the now 10 teams advancing to the playoffs we believe we have a strong foundation for next season and our next challenges."
FAU has knocked on the door with a second place finish in 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and grabs the trophy in its final season of Atlantic Sun Conference membership.
In total, FAU captured five women's conference tournament championships in 2005-2006: soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and softball. The five championships are a school record for championships won. The Owls were one of eight universities nation wide to have captured five or more women's conference championships in 2005-2006.
The season-ending accomplishment comes on the heels of the NCAA notification that FAU was one of just 19 schools to unconditionally complete the NCAA certification process.
The Owls will make a full transition to the Sun Belt Conference in 2006-07 with the exception of men's soccer which will compete in the Atlantic Soccer Conference. Seventeen teams will compete in the Sun Belt: men's and women's cross country, football, women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's swimming, women's swimming, which captured the Sun Belt Title in 2006, women's indoor track, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and women's outdoor track.
Notes: *Volleyball posted the nation's ninth best win-loss percentage (.906 with a 29-3 record) and advanced to its third NCAA Tournament. *Softball earned its ninth A-Sun Tournament Championship and made its seventh NCAA appearance. *Women's soccer and basketball made their first NCAA tournament appearances since 1993-94. *Florida Atlantic University men's and women's teams have won a total of 29 Atlantic Sun titles.