Five Pepperdine Teams Earn NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards

Kelley Larsen

May 7, 2014

MALIBU, Calif. - Five Pepperdine teams - women's cross country, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, women's track and women's volleyball - were honored Wednesday as the NCAA released its public recognition awards for Division I athletic teams with outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

Division I teams that posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports were acknowledged today by the NCAA. The public recognition awards are part of a broad Division I academic reform effort.

The women's tennis team received its third public recognition award, while it was the first for the other four sports. Pepperdine had its most teams honored by the NCAA since 2004-05, the first year of the program, when the Waves also had five recipients.

"It's a credit to our outstanding student-athletes and coaches in these sports that they have been able to attain this type of award from the NCAA," Pepperdine Director of Athletics Dr. Steve Potts said. "All of our coaches and academic support staff work hard to make sure that our student-athletes progress toward graduation and make the most of their academic experience, and we both thank and congratulate these programs for their exceptional efforts."

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 980 to a perfect 1,000.

Following is a list of all of Pepperdine's APR awards since its creation: Women's Cross Country (2012-13); Men's Golf (2004-05, 2009-10); Women's Golf (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07); Women's Soccer (2006-07, 2007-08); Women's Swimming and Diving (2012-13); Women's Tennis (2004-05, 2005-06, 2012-13); Women's Track (2012-13); Men's Volleyball (2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11); Women's Volleyball (2012-13); Men's Water Polo (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07).

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