Bulldogs Fare Well In NCAA Academic Progress
April 24, 2008
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University had four sports teams represented among the 712 NCAA Division I sports teams honored by the NCAA Thursday with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores.
Men's cross country, men's outdoor track, men's tennis and women's golf were the four Bulldog sports teams recognized.
These 712 teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The teams recognized this year represent 11.4 percent of the 6,272 Division I teams. The list includes 401 women's teams and 311 men's or mixed squads. A total of 192 Division I institutions had at least one team on the top APR list. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.
"Once again I think it shows the emphasis our coaches, student-athletes and administrators put on performance in the classroom as well as performance on the field of competition," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "These four sports teams are to be commended for being among the best of the best."
"Congratulations to these teams and their student-athletes for success in the classroom," NCAA President Myles Brand said. "They are setting a great example for their peers and future student-athletes, as well."
The effort is part of a public-recognition program the Division I Board of Directors approved in January 2006. Last year, a total of 839 teams were recognized.
For the second consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (28) recognized. By conference, the Ivy Group had by far the most number of teams honored (150), followed by the Patriot League (89) and the Big East Conference (47). In all, West Coast Conference membership had 16 sports teams recognized with Gonzaga leading the way with four.
By sport, women's tennis featured the most teams (46), followed by women's volleyball (41) and women's golf (39). The men's sport with the highest number of teams were basketball and cross country (both with 33) and golf (32). This is the first year that basketball led men's sports.
The following is a breakdown of teams from the four sports for which Gonzaga was recognized.
Men's Cross Country Bucknell University College of Charleston (South Carolina) Davidson College Duke University Eastern Washington University Fairfield University Gonzaga University Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne Jacksonville University Lafayette College Lehigh University Loyola College (Maryland) Loyola Marymount University Loyola University (Illinois) Radford University Rider University Rutgers, State Univ of New Jersey, New Brunswick Saint Louis University St. Bonaventure University Syracuse University University of Dayton University of Delaware University of Iowa University of Kansas University of Miami (Florida) University of New Hampshire University of Notre Dame University of South Alabama University of Wisconsin, Madison Valparaiso University Vanderbilt University Wright State University Yale University
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