South Carolina teams earn seven NCAA academic awards

South Carolina teams earn seven NCAA academic awards

From Staff reports/Photo by Jenny Dilworth

Seven South Carolina athletic programs were recognized by the NCAA Wednesday for outstanding academic achievements.

Baseball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s swimming & diving, women's tennis and volleyball earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates. The APR is an annual scoreboard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

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The awards are based on APR numbers that represent the combination of scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

“Our student-athletes work hard in the classroom and in their sports,” Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “They want to succeed in every phase of their intercollegiate experience and we have the staff to help them do that. I am very proud of our successes in the classroom. Maria Hickman and her staff at the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center help our student-athletes lay the ground work for success academically.”

The seven public recognition awards are the most in school history in the 12-year-old program. South Carolina tied for the most in the SEC with Vanderbilt. 

The Gamecocks' women’s basketball program is one of seven national champions so far this year to earn the public recognition for academic achievements.  

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 10. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

The APR scores are the latest achievements for USC student-athletes in the classroom. The Fall 2016 semester marked the 20th consecutive semester in which Gamecock student-athletes have combined for a GPA above 3.0. South Carolina led the SEC by placing 381 student-athletes on the SEC’s honor rolls during the last completed academic year (2015-16).