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Marshall athletes earn academic recognition

Jun. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University had seven teams with perfect scores for the 2011-12 academic year in the Academic Progress Rate report released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Thundering Herd women's cross country, men's and women's golf, women's soccer, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field all posted rates of 1,000 for 2011-12. Women's tennis has a multi-year rate of 1,000 and last week received the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

"I am ecstatic with the progress that our student-athletes have made," Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said. "Today's numbers are a testament to the hard work and dedication put forth by our coaches and academic support staff to help us excel in the classroom."

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 rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter.

The latest APR numbers are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to avoid penalties such as restrictions of practice time, financial aid reductions and possible postseason competition bans.

Marshall had nine of its 16 sports with multi-year rates higher than the national average of 974. Overall, Marshall posted a multi-year rate of 972 that reflected an increase from 968 in the report for 2010-11.

Marshall Academic Progress Report

Multi-year rate

Baseball 945

Football 948

Men's Basketball 924

Men's Cross Country 989

Men's Golf 977

Men's Soccer 968

Softball 991

Women's Basketball 934

Women's Cross Country 980

Women's Golf 993

Women's Soccer 994

Women's Swimming 982

Women's Tennis 1,000

Women's Indoor Track 978

Women's Outdoor Track 973

Women's Volleyball 971

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