Eight GW teams earn NCAA academic recognition

Senior Eric Lara sends a pitch to home plate earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

Eight GW teams are the recipients of NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards, given to the team that scores in the top 10 percent in the nation in their sport.

The 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 earned recognition.

“To see eight GW teams earn multi-year NCAA academic distinction is tremendous, and it sets the bar even higher for years to come,” athletic director¬†Patrick Nero said.¬†“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.”

A team’s academic progress rate follows the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation to provide a measure of each program’s academic performance. The current multi-year period being evaluated runs through the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.

It was the third consecutive multi-year award for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Six programs were also recognized for a perfect APR in 2010-11: men’s basketball, golf, men’s water polo, women’s basketball, lacrosse and volleyball.

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