Two UW teams honored for earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards


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June 21, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- The Badger women's golf and tennis teams were among the more than 950 NCAA Division I sports teams honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.

The Wisconsin teams were two of 40 Big Ten conference teams honored after the release of the full APRs was disclosed by the NCAA on June 20. Of the 954 publicly recognized teams, 560 were women's teams, and 394 were men's or mixed teams.

According to the NCAA, top performing APRs ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000. NCAA President Mark Emmert said in the release, "These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores. The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter 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 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

With seven Academic All-Big Ten awards, the UW tied Nebraska for the most academic honorees of any Big Ten women's tennis team. Senior Alaina Trgovich, who had a perfect 4.0 gpa, was joined by fellow seniors Angela Chupa, Lauren Gruber and Aleksandra Markovic; junior Hannah Berner; and sophomores Caroline Bauer and Nicky Stracar.

With six Academic All-Big Ten awards, the UW had the most academic honorees of any Big Ten women's golf team. Senior Ellie Arkin claimed her third Academic All-Big Ten honor while senior Jessie Gerry and junior Lindsay Danielson claimed their second-straight. Earning the honor for the first time were sophomores Abby Busler, Kimberly Dinh, who had a perfect 4.0 gpa, and Alexis Nelson.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

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