Wednesday June 5, 2013Gator Women's XC Earns Public Recognition from NCAA for Multiple-Year APR Success
The University of Florida softball, women’s basketball and women’s cross country programs each earned public recognition from the NCAA Wednesday for posting multiple-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top-10 percent of all softball, women’s hoops and women’s XC teams across the nation.
The Gator softball squad was publically recognized for the second straight year and was one of 32 softball teams honored Wednesday, while the Gator women’s hoops squad was one of 39 Division I women’s basketball programs to be recognized for its academic progress through the four-year period ending 2011-12. UF’s women’s cross country team checked in as one of four Southeastern Conference squads to earn recognition (LSU, Ole Miss, Vandy). Florida’s softball and women’s basketball programs were the only two Southeastern Conference squads publically recognized in their respective sports.
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.
In six full seasons under women’s hoops head coach Amanda Butler, 12 different Gators have compiled 20 spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and six Gators have earned a place on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll, not including 2012-13, which is released in July.
Under first-year assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler, 12 cross country student-athletes – including eight women’s XC runners – were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011-12 after Spangler joined the program last January. For the third time in the last four years – and the sixth time overall – the Gator women’s cross country squad brought the SEC title back to Gainesville in the fall. UF went on to finish 23rd at the 2012 NCAA Championship in November.
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