GU men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball were the only WCC teams in their respective sports to earn Public Recognition Awards.
The Coastal Carolina women's tennis and beach volleyball teams have received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for demonstrating academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR), it was announced Wednesday.
Teams that fail to reach a four-year average April score of 930, which is the equivalent of a 50 percent graduation rate, or a 940 average for the most recent two years, can be penalized.
The women's tennis program has been honored 10 consecutive times, while the men's tennis program was recognized for the fifth time and fourth consecutive.
The NCAA's April is created to track the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship at a particular institution.
Aside from their tremendous seasons on the course and on the court, the Ole Miss men's golf and women's tennis teams have been honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award after posting ideal 1,000 marks in the NCAA's yearly April reports.
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The Arkansas Gymnastics program was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the fourth time.
Women's Tennis became the seventh Razorback program to earn distinction from the NCAA as part of the APR Public Recognition Awards. Arkansas made a run at this year's SEC Women's Tennis Tournament, winning three of its four matches, earning its first tournament semifinal berth in a decade and just the third semifinal appearance in school history.
April scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23.
"The key with the April is that it's a complete team effort, from our faculty to our campus advisers, coaches and administration", said Tommy Powell, the school's assistant provost for student-athlete academic development "We all work together to make a world-class experience for our student-athletes and prepare them for life when they leave". The football program had a run of eight straight years of landing in the top 10 percent nationally until a downturn that can be attributed to a rash of player dismissals and transfers late in the Kyle Flood era. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation, and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The seven squads earning a Public Recognition Award marks a school record, besting the previous record of six teams recognized with the prestigious honor in 2012-13. The field hockey team, led by coach Char Morett, has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award nine times.