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GW Has Six Varsity Programs Honored With NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Six Colonials teams were honored by the NCAA Tuesday for their APR scores.

May 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The NCAA announced the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards Tuesday and GW has six programs being honored this year, including four with perfect 1,000 scores: men's cross country, women's swimming, men's tennis and women's tennis. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. Also scoring in the top 10 percent in their sport were the Colonials' men's and women's soccer programs.

It marks the fourth consecutive public recognition award for the men's soccer program, as well as back-to-back awards for both tennis programs.

"Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and varsity athletic programs, specifically the six to receive the NCAA Public Recognition Award this year, for once again upholding the strong academic integrity of George Washington University," said Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz. "The student-athletes, coaches and support staff are commended for representing the athletics department in a manner reflective of the mission of this institution."

"It is a tribute to the hard work of the student-athletes to maintain such a high academic standard here at GW, one of the nation's top institutions," said men's soccer head coach George Lidster.

The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. The public recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort.

"This distinction is owed not to our individual program, but rather to the university as a whole," said seventh-year men's cross country head coach Brian Beil. "The strong academic reputation of GW allows us to attract the type of students who are career minded and long-term goal oriented."

Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores. Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, 909 teams nationwide have earned Public Recognition Awards, up from 841 teams last year and 767 teams in 2009. The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women's teams and 384 men's or mixed squads.

"This award is a reflection of the great commitment and passion our players demonstrate to fulfill their academic and athletic goals," said seventh-year women's tennis coach, Dawn Buth. "I'm very proud of our team members, both past and present, and also appreciative of the GW Athletic Department support staff that has helped make this achievement possible."

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. The Atlantic 10 Conference had 56 teams honored this year, which ranked fifth among all conferences.

The George Washington University Department of Athletics fields teams in 22 varsity sports (10 men's, 12 women's), 16 of which compete as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference.