FAYETTEVILLE — Five Arkansas sports have been recognized by the NCAA for their Academic Progress Rate.
Men's golf, men's tennis, gymnastics, volleyball and swimming and diving were among the 806 teams applauded publicy by the NCAA for their academic performance ahead of the June 11 release date for full APR scores. All five Arkansas programs earned a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rate covering the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The public recognition award honors teams that finish in the top 10 percent in their sport.
Five Arkansas sports is a school record. Arkansas' previous high in one year was two (2010-11).
"I am very proud that we continue to see the results of a program-wide commitment to achieving personal bests in the classroom while advancing student-athletes on a path to their degree,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a news release. “I congratulate all of the coaches and members of the student-athlete success staff who have assisted in this success. Most importantly, I want to congratulate our student-athletes for their dedication and commitment to the University of Arkansas that resulted in this national recognition.”
Gymnastics earned its third straight public recognition award, while men's tennis was recognized for the second straight year. It was the first public recognition honor for men's golf, swimming and diving, and volleyball.
The NCAA will release the rest of its APR figures on June 11.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau