June 14, 2012
The University of Alabama women's golf and tennis teams were honored with the NCAA Division I Public Recognition Award, the NCAA announced Thursday.
"In a year when both teams accomplished so much athletically, I am very pleased that they also rank among the very best in this important academic indicator," Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "I think for our women's golf team to earn this honor in the same year they won their first national championship is a tremendous accomplishment of which we can all be very proud."
Each year the NCAA honors select Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This award is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
This marks the second year in a row that the UA women's golf squad has earned the honor while it is the first such honor for the women's tennis team.
Alabama teams have now been honored with the NCAA's APR Public Recognition Award 10 times since the accolade came into existence following the 2004-05 academic year.
"In addition to the pride we have in this year's honorees, we can take a great deal of satisfaction in the fact that at least one of our teams has earned this prestigious honor every year since it was instituted in 2005," Moore said.
The Alabama women's golf team won its first NCAA Championship in May while the women's tennis team finished the season ranked 11th after hosting its first NCAA Regional, where it advanced to the championship match.