Seattle U Athletes Fare Well in APR Report

2012-06-22
By Jason Behenna
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Photo Credit: John Aronson

Student athletes are proving their successes in and out of the classroom, according to the latest Academic Progress Rates (APR) released by the NCAA Wednesday.

As announced last week, three Redhawk teams received a perfect score of 1000 to earn Public Recognition Awards. The men's cross country team, the women's tennis team, and the women's outdoor track and field team all earned the perfect multi-year score for the third straight year.

Several Seattle U squads improved on their 2010-11 score from the mark set after the 2009-10 academic year. The baseball team's score improved from 967 to 984, while the men's basketball team's mark climbed from 938 to 945. The score for the men's swim team increased from 965 to 973, the men's tennis team saw an improvement from 953 to 966, and both the men's indoor track and field and outdoor track and field squads enjoyed an increase from 985 to 990.

On the women's side, women's basketball rebounded from a score of 916 to one of 956, and the score of the women's cross country team rose from 966 to 976. Both women's swimming and women's indoor track and field improved slightly to 993 in the latest figures.

The other Seattle U sports still earned marks significantly above the threshold set by the NCAA in which penalties could be enacted. Men's golf posted a score of 989, men's soccer came in at 963, softball was one point higher at 964, women's golf collected a mark of 967, women's soccer earned a score of 992, and volleyball posted a score of 968.

Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.

Other academic successes for student-athletes include 32 who made the President’s List, with 18 who held perfect 4.0 GPAs. 73 athletes also made the Dean’s List.

Seattle University will see 17 of its 20 sports enter the Western Athletic Conference July 1, with men's soccer and men's swimming remaining in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the new women's crew team competing as a Division I independent in 2012-13.