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Eight GW Varsity Programs Recognized by NCAA for Top Academic Progress Rates

GW Athletics had eight varsity programs earn Public Recognition Awards for the 2010-11 academic year, including seven Atlantic 10 teams, tied for the second-most in the conference.

June 14, 2012

NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards Announcement

WASHINGTON - The NCAA announced the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards today with GW's Baseball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Tennis, Women's Cross Country, Women's Soccer, Women's Swimming, 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 tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship and accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, providing a measure of each team's academic performance. The current multi-year period reflects the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.

"The public recognition of these eight varsity GW programs further substantiates what the George Washington University and GW Athletics strives for - excellence and academic achievement at the highest ranks," said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Steven Lerman. "It's a credit to the student-athletes on these teams and to the coaches and administrators here at George Washington who rightfully put `student' first when they think about our student-athletes."

It marks the third consecutive multi-year APR Public Recognition Award for the men's and women's tennis programs and continues a trend in which more GW programs are publicly recognized each year. For the period ending in 2009-10 six GW programs earned honors, up from five in '08-'09, four in '07-'08, three in '06-'07 and one in '05-'06. Among the eight GW sports acknowledged, Men's Cross Country, Men's Tennis, Women's Cross Country, Women's Swimming, Women's Tennis and Women's Water Polo achieved perfect 1,000 multi-year rates.

"To see eight GW teams earn multi-year NCAA academic distinction is tremendous, and it sets the bar even higher for years to come," said Patrick Nero, director of athletics and recreation. "After a year in which our teams achieved athletically at all-time levels, the fact that our student-athletes and teams also reached previously unattained academic heights is very rewarding to everyone who works so hard to ensure that our athletics program matches the overall excellence of the university."

In addition to the multi-year distinctions earned, six additional George Washington programs were identified as having a perfect APR in 2010-11, including Men's Basketball, Golf, Men's Water Polo, Women's Basketball, Lacrosse and Volleyball.

"I know I speak for all of us coaches here at GW when I say that having our student-athletes graduate is our top priority, and for these student-athletes to be recognized for top academic achievement among their peers really culminates an unforgettable year across all of GW Athletics," said A-10 Men's Tennis Coach of the Year Greg Munoz. "This is what we all strive for, to cultivate the next generation of leaders worldwide here at George Washington."