SEATTLE -- The women’s gymnastics at the University of Washington announced Thursday that they had received the NCAA Public Recognition Award from association president Mark Emmert. This honor is awarded to teams that had an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The APR is an annual scorecard for academic achievement calculated for all Division-I teams. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
There were 1,049 teams honored for high achievement. These teams included 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized.
The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR. Washington Gymnastics was one of those teams with a perfect score.
“Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert. “We are proud of our member schools’ commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”