Two USF Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

May 03, 2017

 Programs rank among top 10 percent nationally in APR score

TAMPA, MAY 3, 2017 – Two USF athletic teams, including the conference champion women's tennis team, received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for earning high scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation.

The USF women's tennis and women's golf teams both earned perfect multi-year APR scores of 1,000 to rank among the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sports.

USF has now earned 28 NCAA Public Recognition Awards overall, 18 in the last six seasons, garnered by eight different programs. The NCAA APR program, started in 2004-05, is in its 12th year.

The USF women's tennis program claimed its second American Athletic Conference tournament title in April and first under head coach Cristina Moros. Women's tennis received its seventh-straight NCAA Public Recognition Award and has posted a perfect score of 1,000 in each of those years, a record string of excellence among USF athletic teams. The program will make its 12thNCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday, May 13 when the Bulls take on Miami in Gainesville, Fla.

Coach Tiffany Prats' women's golf team earned its seventh overall Public Recognition Award and fourth straight.  

The awards are 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.  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. 

The aggregate 2015-16 Academic Progress Rate data for all NCAA Division I institutions will be announced next week. 

USF has 73 student-athletes slated to earn their degree during spring commencement ceremonies this weekend at the Sun Dome.

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