INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Delaware men’s and women’s tennis teams were recognized recently as recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award for the second straight season.
The award is based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate and is given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of each sport. This year’s awards are compiled using the academic and retention rates for the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The two Blue Hen squads, both led by head coach Laura Travis, are two of 23 Colonial Athletic Association teams to earn the recognition. In total, there were 976 Division I teams honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards.
The importance of academic success is proven by the Delaware tennis teams as the Blue Hen women have six of eight student-athletes with a 3.0 or higher GPA while the men have four of seven student-athletes with a 2.7 GPA or higher.
"This is a tremendous honor for our teams to be recognized for academic achievement by the NCAA once again," stated Travis. "While the student-athlete and his or her commitment to academics and graduation is at the core of this success, it's tought to do alone. We are grateful for the support services within the athletic department and the many people and departments throughout the entire University of Delaware community who play a significant role in this accomplishment. Student Services for Athletes and in particular our representative, James Coleman, has been instrumental over the years. When an academically and athletically dedicated student-athlete is partnered with a plethora of experts who genuinely care about the student-athlete as a person, success is likely."
Junior Dorothy Safron was recently honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee while she and classmate Jason Derene are both CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees.
Safron’s teammates include senior Amanda Halstrom, sophomore Christina Harrington, junior Olivia Heim, freshman Danea Jonjic’, freshman Carmen Lai, sophomore Kim Milla and freshman Nataliya Naumova.
The UD women completed their most successful season in recent history during the 2013 campaign as the Blue Hens finished 12-6 overall and 4-2 in CAAaction while advancing to the CAA Tournament semifinals for the first time in school history.
On the men’s side, Derene is joined on the squad by sophomore Evan Andrews, junior Troy Beneck, freshman Mike Furr, junior Nolan Gelman, junior Adam Lawton and freshman Alex Sweet.
The Delaware men wrapped up the 2013 season with a mark of 5-11 overall while going 1-4 in the CAA. The Blue Hens competed in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals.
William & Mary had a league-high six teams honored with Public Recognition Awards as its baseball, men’s basketball, field hockey, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis squads were among the top 10 percent in the APR. Three Northeastern teams (men’s cross country, field hockey and men’s soccer) were also recognized.
Drexel (softball and women’s tennis), George Mason (women’s swimming and volleyball), UNCW (baseball and women’s tennis) and Towson (women’s cross country and women’s soccer) each earned two Public Recognition Awards.
Also receiving awards were associate members Boston University (wrestling), Dayton (women’s golf), Richmond (women’s golf) and Xavier (women’s golf).
The NCAA will release this year’s full Academic Progress Rate report on June 11.