May 7, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Tennessee at Martin women’s tennis team received a public recognition award for top academic performance announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday.  The awards are given to teams scoring in the top ten percent of the multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR), which is part of the NCAA's academic reform program.

The Skyhawks have a storied history of being amongst the best teams in the conference in the classroom. This year the Skyhawks placed all eight players on the university’s Dean’s List while four players maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. As a team the Skyhawks tallied a 3.8 GPA while seniors Katie McCall and Ivon Simic each graduated this past weekend.

In 2012-13 the Skyhawks had five players earn the Ohio Valley Conference’s Medal of Honor, an honor bestowed to athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Along with the Medal of Honor recipients, seven Skyhawks were named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

As a league the OVC had twenty four teams honored with ten different schools represented.  This marks the highest number of OVC teams that have received this honor in the nine year history of the award.

The APR is a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000. It includes four years (this year's numbers included the school years of 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13). High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards posted APR scores ranging from 980 to a perfect 1,000.

This year 1,049 teams (631 women’s and 418 men's or mixed squads) were publicly recognized for high academic achievement including six teams that won NCAA National Championships. In all, 275 institutions (out of 346 Division I schools) placed at least one team on the list. Last year 976 teams were recognized.

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 14. 

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