April 25, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Six Loyola College athletic programs have been recognized by the NCAA for their academic success. The men's cross country team, the women's indoor and outdoor track teams, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams, and the women's tennis team were all honored for achieving top Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.
The NCAA honored 712 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The teams recognized this year represent 11.4 percent of the 6,272 Division I teams. The list includes 401 women's teams and 311 men's or mixed squads. A total of 192 Division I institutions had at least one team on the top APR list. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.
"Congratulations to these teams and their student-athletes for success in the classroom," NCAA President Myles Brand said. "They are setting a great example for their peers and future student-athletes, as well."
The effort is part of a public-recognition program the Division I Board of Directors approved in January 2006. Last year, a total of 839 teams were recognized. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores. In some sports, teams had to maintain a perfect score over the four-year period in order to be recognized.
Loyola Men's and women's swimming and diving was one of only eight teams in the country that had both teams achieve the perfect score, while the women's track team was one of handful of track teams publicly recognized by the NCAA.