June 5, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS – Five Minnesota teams – baseball, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics and women’s soccer – have been honored with Academic Progress Rates (APR) Public Recognition Awards, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport based on their most recent multi-year APR.
In the ninth year of APR data for most teams, the scores are a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Baseball, men’s tennis, women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics each tallied a perfect yearly score of 1000 in 2011-12 while women’s soccer earned a score of 989 after three-straight years of perfect scores. Women’s gymnastics leads all Minnesota sports with five-straight years of perfect yearly scores while women’s basketball and men’s tennis have both gone four-straight years and baseball has gone three-straight years with the highest possible score. The newest multi-year APR scores give women’s soccer its fourth-straight season at 1000 while baseball and women’s gymnastics earned scores of 1000 for the second-straight year.
Women’s basketball and women’s soccer were each one of only two Big Ten institutions to be honored by the conference in their respective sports this season while the Gophers baseball team joins Northwestern and Illinois as the only Big Ten baseball programs acknowledged. Minnesota was one of four conference schools honored in both men’s tennis and women’s gymnastics.
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