Marshall Women's Swimming and Diving Earns Academic Recognition

Marshall Women's Swimming and Diving Earns Academic Recognition

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

"Congratulations to our women's golf, gymnastics and women's tennis programs on being recognized nationally for their academic excellence", Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in flawless scores.

This latest honor marks the third-straight season that the Rebel women's tennis team has earned the public recognition, as well as the sixth time overall.

Villanova had 11 women's programs and seven men's programs cited for their academic achievement in Wednesday's announcement. The spring academic semester which just concluded was the 30th consecutive semester in which Wildcats student-athletes maintained a collective grade-point average above a 3.0, and the seventh straight semester in which the GPA for student-athletes was higher than a 3.2. "Our student-athletes' educations are our top priority and this honor would not be possible without the resources available to our team and the commitment of the Athletic Department staff to their success".

The Tech women's golf, women's tennis and women's track and field teams each recorded flawless multi-year APRs of 1,000 and ranked tied first in the ACC in their respective sports. The Nittany Lions have had at least three squads earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards in all 13 years of the program.

Of the 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament, Gonzaga men's basketball was one of 13 to receive the award. The field hockey team, led by coach Char Morett, has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award nine times. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. Penn State ranks No. 4 among all Division I schools with 200 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time, including Emily Ogle (women's soccer) and Haleigh Washington (women's volleyball) during the 2017 fall semester.

All Division I programs' April scores will be released publicly on May 23.

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