Two UA sports teams post ideal April scores

Four Virginia Tech teams receive NCAA Public Recognition Award

The Marshall women's swimming and diving program was recognized Wednesday by the NCAA for having an outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) that ranked in the top 10 percent nationally.

Altogether Baylor has received 19 public April awards in seven different sports, including baseball (2007, 2012, 2018), men's basketball (2009, 2018), men's cross country (2006, 2011), men's golf (2010), women's golf (2009, 2010, 2015) soccer (2018) and softball (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018). "Matching a school record for NCAA Public Recognition Awards is an accomplishment that everyone associated with Georgia Tech can be proud of", director of athletics Todd Stansbury said. The other teams include: North Carolina men's basketball, Clemson football, Arizona State women's golf, Oklahoma women's gymnastics and Florida women's tennis. The 2016-17 honor was the first for the program and marked the first time a Razorback sport made its debut in the public recognition awards since both swimming and diving and volleyball earned their first honors in 2011-12. 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.

Gonzaga women's golf is one of 85 teams to receive Public Recognition Awards in each of the awards' 13-year history. The field hockey team, led by coach Char Morett, has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award nine times.

The NCAA's April is created to track the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship at a particular institution. 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. Of the 64-team women's tournament, Gonzaga was one of 15 honored.

The NCAA will release the latest full April data on Wednesday, May 23. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is meant to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

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