June 14, 2012
ATHENS-----The University of Georgia gymnastics and men's golf teams were cited as two of the country's top academically performing teams by the annual NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition announcement Thursday.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The UGA women's gymnastics team was also the top UGA squad academically for each of the past two semesters, most recently with a team grade point average of 3.52. The team included senior Kat Ding, who was named earlier this month to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large first team.
Today's announcement also marks the third consecutive year in which the Georgia men's golf program has earned such national recognition.
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced by the NCAA on June 20. That announcement also will include penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.
The complete list of the nation's top-performing teams can be found in the NCAA's announcement: