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May 14, 2014

Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Northern Arizona women’s tennis and swimming & diving were both honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. This is the second straight year women’s tennis has received the honor.

“Academics are a big priority in our program,” said head women’s tennis coach Kim Bruno. “This is the second year in a row that we have received this honor, and I couldn’t be more proud. Student-athlete success on the court and in the classroom is very important to me as a coach, and I am happy with the way we have been able to elevate our program.”

The NCAA national office also announced the 2012-13 NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data, as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP). 

NAU student-athletes posted a grade point average of 3.125 during the 2012-13 academic year. Ten out of 13 teams finished the academic year with a 3.02 GPA or higher. Volleyball recorded the highest department GPA of 3.57, followed by swimming & diving at 3.50 and soccer at 3.42.

"NAU Athletics continues our mission to recruit and retain the best and brightest student-athletes possible.  Our continued upswing in the majority of our programs clearly demonstrates this commitment," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. "Additionally, our coaches and academic staff have impressed upon our student-athletes the importance of academic success and they have responded with outstanding achievement in the classroom.”

Led by women's tennis and swimming & diving, all 15 sponsored sports are exceeding NCAA academic standards for the fifth straight year. The department's overall APR for 2012-13 is 973.

Nine NAU squads carry multi-year totals above 960, while six teams accomplished perfect single-year scores of 1000 for 2012-13.

Compared to Division-I opponents in the state of Arizona, NAU's women's tennis and swimming and diving teams was two of six teams—Arizona's women's gymnastics and Arizona State softball, volleyball, and women’s tennis teams were the others—to post multi-year perfect scores. The women's soccer team had the highest APR in their sport between NAU, Arizona, and Arizona State, as did NAU men’s indoor track & field and men’s cross country.

“I’m very proud,” said head swimming & diving coach Andy Johns. “Our student-athletes come here to have a great education and a great experience. There are a lot of people involved in the process, and we pride ourselves in being able to take advantage of our resources.”

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester 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 most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the most recent four-year period, encompassing the 2009-10, 20-10-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. 

 

NAU’s 2012-13 and multi-year academic progress rates for individual sports were:

Sport

Multi-Year APR

Single-Year APR

Men’s Basketball

955

981

Men’s Cross Country

987

1000

Football

954

949

Men's Tennis

942

969

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

984

1000

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

975

1000

Women's Basketball

967

923

Women's Cross Country

982

983

Women's Golf

965

929

Women's Soccer

991

991

Women's Swimming & Diving

1000

1000

Women's Tennis

1000

1000

Women's Indoor Track & Field

949

949

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

953

966

Women's Volleyball

989

1000