June 14, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis women's tennis team received a Public Recogntion Award for Academic Progress Rate from the NCAA for the fifth consecutive year while the women's gymnastics squad earned its second straight honor, it was announced on Thursday.
The NCAA annually presents Public Recognition Awards to honor teams whose APRs are among the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports, although some sports have more than 10 percent of their teams lauded because of the number of perfect scores.
The APR calculation, which covers both student-athlete retention and eligibility, helps measure classroom performance of all Division I student-athletes.
UC Davis' two squads are among the 954 teams - 560 women's and 394 men's or mixed programs - that were recognized by the NCAA on Thursday. A total of 263 Div. I institutions were represented by at least one team.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a news release announcing the honored teams. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
The Aggie women's tennis team has been honored the most among all UC Davis teams while the gymnastics program has the third-most.
The APR's, which ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, represent multi-year rates from the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years. The full APRs for all teams are scheduled to be released June 20.