INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- For the second straight year, the University of Delaware women's tennis and women's cross country programs have been honored by the NCAA for the outstanding academic success of their student-athletes.

The NCAA today recognized more than 1,200 Division I teams for outstanding academic achievements. Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent  of their sport.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. This year, 1,203 teams are being recognized for academic performance: 746 women's teams and 457 men's teams or coed teams. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 132 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.

“NCAA student-athletes and schools continue to achieve unprecedented levels of academic success,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We commend these programs for their commitment to academic excellence and dedication to preparing student athletes for life after college.”

A total of 306 schools had teams recognized with Public Recognition Awards. Delaware's two programs were among 39 Colonial Athletic Association teams in 15 different sports that were recognized Wednesday as recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, which is based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.

The awards are presented 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 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Delaware women's tennis, led by head coach Laura Travis, is one of only 93 teams in the entire NCAA - and the only team in the Colonial Athletic Association - that have been honored by the NCAA each of the 12 years since the program began in 2004-05. The Blue Hens are among only nine women's tennis programs that have been honored every year, joining Arizona State, Bucknell, Butler, Dartmouth, Fordham, Lafayette, Loyola (Md.), Xavier, and Yale. In addition, Delaware, William & Mary, UNCW, and Elon are the only CAA schools that have had at least team one team honored every year since the program was initiated.

“Congratulations to our women's tennis and women's cross country student-athletes on this outstanding accomplishment and prestigious honor,” said Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak. “Academic success is the highest priority for our student-athletes and we are proud that these two programs have been nationally recognized. Congratulations as well to Coach Travis and Coach (Wendy) McFarlane-Smith and to our Student Services for Athletes staff in their continued efforts to help our athletes reach their goals academically.”

In addition to women's tennis and women's cross country, the Delaware men's tennis, softball, men's golf, women's golf, women's soccer, women's cross country, women's swimming & diving, men's cross country, and men's track & field programs have all be recognized in past years.  

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 10. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
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