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

Men's Tennis Ball State University Belmont University Bucknell University Colgate University College of the Holy Cross Columbia University-Barnard College Cornell University Creighton University Dartmouth College Fairfield University Fordham University Gonzaga University Lafayette College Lehigh University Louisiana State University Northwestern University Princeton University Robert Morris University St. Bonaventure University U.S. Naval Academy University of Dayton University of Delaware University of Pennsylvania Virginia Commonwealth University Winthrop University Wofford College Yale University

Men's Track, Outdoor Boston College Brown University Columbia University-Barnard College Dartmouth College Davidson College Duke University Furman University Georgetown University Gonzaga University Harvard University Lafayette College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University (Illinois) Marquette University Princeton University Rice University Saint Louis University U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Naval Academy University of Hartford University of Miami (Florida) University of New Hampshire University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania Valparaiso University Wake Forest University Yale University

Women's Golf Alcorn State University Boston University Bowling Green State University Bucknell University Butler University College of the Holy Cross Columbia University-Barnard College Dartmouth College Duke University Elon University Fairfield University Georgetown University Gonzaga University James Madison University Kent State University Lehigh University Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus Longwood University Monmouth University Northern Illinois University Northwestern University Pepperdine University Princeton University Samford University Siena College Southern Methodist University Stanford University University of Arkansas, Fayetteville University of Dayton University of Illinois, Champaign University of Michigan University of Missouri, Columbia University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of South Alabama University of Southern California University of Washington Yale University

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