Baylor Sports Earn APR Public Recognition Awards

Eight Rutgers teams were recognized by the NCAA for their APR scores

Eight Rutgers teams were recognized by the NCAA for their APR scores

The University of Arkansas has earned a total of 23 awards since the start of the APR Public Recognition program.

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.

As recently as 2015, the Rutgers football ranked No. 12 nationally in multi-year April but failed to land in the top 10 percent for the third straight year.

The NCAA's April is created to track the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship at a particular institution. This year marks the second straight in which the women's tennis program finished with an April above 1,000 and received a Public Recognition Award. The wrestling program has been recognized eight times, including each of the past four years, and the women's cross country program, directed by John Gondak, has been recognized seven times. In addition to this year's selection, the Razorback women's golf program was previously recognized for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 seasons. Women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, softball and men's tennis were all recognized by the NCAA.

The Arkansas Gymnastics program was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the fourth time. The women's golf squad, led by Denise St. Pierre, is next among Penn State squads with six NCAA 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.

The NCAA will release the latest full April data on Wednesday, May 23.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I athletics teams across the country. Thus, all three programs were recipients of the NCAA's Public Recognition Award, which goes to programs with a multi-year April in the top 10 percent nationally of all squads in each sport.

"I applaud every program earning a Public Recognition Award this year for their commitment to going above and beyond to prepare students for life after college through academic achievement", NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated.

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