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GW Has Five Programs Honored by NCAA

Women's Rowing is one of five GW teams honored by the NCAA's APR public recognition awards.

May 13, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - The NCAA released the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards Wednesday, and GW has five teams being honored this year: gymnastics, women's rowing, men's soccer, men's tennis and women's tennis. This is the third public recognition award for the GW women's rowing and men's soccer programs.

"The award is a great tribute to our student-athletes, who have once again succeeded both on the field of competition and in the classroom," said men's soccer head coach George Lidster. "It's also a testament to our academic support staff and administration, who mentor and guide our student-athletes through GW's challenging academic environment."

"I'm very proud of our rowers for achieving this honor for the third straight year," GW women's rowing head coach Eric Carcich said. "Although I'm in my first year here at GW, this is a tradition that we will strive to continue for years to come."

Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, 841 teams have earned Public Recognition Awards, up from 767 teams last year. The awards are given annually to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.

The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years. The public recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort.

The Atlantic 10 Conference is home to 59 of the 841 Division I sports teams being honored with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. This represents an increase of nine A-10 teams from last season and 25 from two years ago.

Among the 31 Division I conferences, only the Atlantic 10, the Ivy Group and the Patriot League had each of its member institutions receive public recognition awards for one or more programs. Nationally, the Ivy Group (94) had the most number of teams honored in the 21 sports sponsored by the Atlantic 10, followed by the Patriot League (77), the Big East (62) and the Atlantic 10 (59).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.