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Six GW Athletics Teams Recognized by NCAA for Top Academic Progress Rates

GW Athletics had six varsity programs earn Public Recognition Awards for the 2011-12 academic year, tied for third most among next year's 13-member Atlantic 10 Conference make-up.

June 5, 2013

WASHINGTON - The NCAA announced the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards on Wednesday with George Washington's women's cross country, women's soccer, women's swimming, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's water polo programs all honored this year.

These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in the nation in their sport, based on their most recent multi-year APR. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success 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 current multi-year period reflects the 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years.

"Our student-athletes coaches, administrators and staff work tirelessly toward ensuring that George Washington Athletics is comprised of well-rounded and complete student-athletes," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. "I am very proud of what we are achieving together, not only in competition, but in the community and in the classrooms as well."

It marks the fourth consecutive multi-year APR public recognition award for GW's men's and women's tennis programs, and third consecutive honor for women's soccer and women's swimming. George Washington's six teams that garnered NCAA public recognition rank tied for third most among the 13 universities that will comprise the Atlantic 10 Conference next season.

"Student-athletes at GW have shown a remarkable ability to excel in the classroom, on top of their pursuits of athletics achievement," noted Associate Athletics Director of Educational Support Services Karen Ercole. "We want to commend the student-athletes on these six teams for their achievement."

Today's announcement is part of the NCAA's overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight schools that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes.