INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Coming off its fifth trip to the Women’s College World Series in the last six years, the University of Florida softball program picked up off-the-field accolades Wednesday, earning public recognition from the NCAA for posting multiple-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top-10 percent of all softball teams across the nation.
The Gator softball squad was publically recognized for the second straight year as one of 32 Division I softball teams honored Wednesday, and the Gators were the only Southeastern Conference squad to garner the attention.
Each academic year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. 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 score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced June 11. All public recognition lists can be found here on the NCAA.org website. For the NCAA’s complete release on this year’s 976 teams publicly recognized, visit the release on NCAA.com.
Since Tim Walton stepped on campus to take over at the helm of the Florida softball program, a staggering 21 Academic All-District and/or Academic All-America accolades have found their way to the UF program through the diligent classroom work of 11 Gator softball student-athletes, including eight Academic All-Americans the past eight seasons, highlighted by a nation-leading four in 2011. The Gators boast 11 Academic All-Americans since the start of the softball program in 1997, with a grand total of 18 athletes having picked up Academic All-District and/or Academic All-America accolades in the program’s 17-year history.
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