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Eleven Zags’ Teams Earn NCAA Academic Public Recognition Awards

Posted on May 3, 2017 in: Academics, Athletics, Spotlight, Student-Athletes

Gonzaga women’s golf is one of 93 teams nationwide that has earned the award every year of the 12-year-old recognition program. This year’s team includes (from left) Jessica Mangrobang, Diana Araneta, Ciera Min, Bianca Pagdanganan, Jena Gao, and Nina Novilla. (Gonzaga Athletics)

SPOKANE, Wash. – With the release of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards, Gonzaga ranks second in the nation with 73.3 percent of its teams earning the honor, NCAA officials announced Wednesday.

Based on their most recent multiyear statistics, teams posting APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sport earn the awards. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationwide. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-2013, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Eleven of Gonzaga’s 15 teams were recognized (indoor and outdoor track are combined). Of the 306 schools that placed a team on the top APR list, Gonzaga’s 73.3 percent was the second-highest rate of all D-I schools nationwide, behind only Holy Cross at 75 percent; Dartmouth was third at 73.1 percent.

Gonzaga women’s golf is one of 93 teams nationwide that has earned the award every year of the 12-year-old recognition program. In addition to women’s golf, the following Gonzaga teams earned the recognition: baseball, women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s cross country, women’s and men’s track, men’s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s tennis.

The Gonzaga men’s basketball team was the only Final Four team to earn public recognition. Of all the teams in the NCAA basketball tournament, the GU men were in a group of 13 out of 68 to earn the award, while the GU women were in a group of 15 out of 64 so honored.

Gonzaga also led the West Coast Conference with its 11 teams honored, followed by Pepperdine’s seven and Santa Clara’s five.

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