May 3, 2017

Women’s Cross Country, Ice Hockey, and Tennis Receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards


May 3, 2017

Columbus, Ohio— The Ohio State women’s cross country, women’s ice hockey, women’s tennis teams have been honored with public recognition awards for their academic performance, the NCAA announced Wednesday. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).

“Everyone at Ohio State is gratified to see women’s cross country and women’s tennis honored in this manner again,” Professor John E. Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative, said. “The balance of academics and athletics at the highest level is on display here, as our women tennis players maintained outstanding APR scores while the team established a two-year undefeated streak in conference play capped by two Big Ten Tournament Championships. It’s with great pride that we welcome a third squad to this prestigious Public Recognition List:  women’s ice hockey. We extend our congratulations to the coaches, staff members, and, especially, the student-athletes for their accomplishments.”

The women’s tennis team earns a Top 10 spot for the eighth consecutive year. The women’s cross country team has been recognized eight times since the public recognitions began 11 years ago, including in each of the last four years. For the most recent recognitions, scores required to be in the Top 10 ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport.

In the 13th year of APR data for most teams, the scores provide a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for academic eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 academic years.