Women's Tennis and Men's Golf Earn NCAA APR Public Recognition


Both programs posted flawless four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1.000 and rank inside the top 10% nationally in their sports. Last week, the women's golf team won the NCAA Austin Regional and advanced to the NCAA Men's and Women's Golf Championships to be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma, May 18-23.

The Arkansas Gymnastics program was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the fourth time. "I commend these student-athletes for their full dedication to both their academics and their team".

Softball has been recognized seven times in the last eight years with the honor, while soccer received its first April public recognition award. Only once before has Tech received five NCAA Public Recognition Awards for a single academic year - 2008-09 (baseball, men's cross country, women's cross country, golf and volleyball).

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Women's tennis leads all Nittany Lion squads with 12 NCAA Public Recognition Awards. GT golf is one of only 85 programs that has earned all 13 Public Recognition Awards. The wrestling program has been recognized eight times, including each of the past four years, and the women's cross country program, directed by John Gondak, has been recognized seven times.

The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated. Each scholarship athlete can earn two points per semester toward his or her team's score.

Women's Tennis became the seventh Razorback program to earn distinction from the NCAA as part of the APR Public Recognition Awards.

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The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, and provides a tangible measure of a team's academic performance.

"The key with the April is that it's a complete team effort, from our faculty to our campus advisers, coaches and administration", said Tommy Powell, the school's assistant provost for student-athlete academic development "We all work together to make a world-class experience for our student-athletes and prepare them for life when they leave". One point is for being academically eligible at the end of a semester, and the other is for returning to school or graduating at the start of the next semester.

The actual April for each Division I team will be released May 23.

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