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May 7, 2014

Four Cal Poly Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Four Cal Poly athletics teams have earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for exceptional academic achievement.

The Mustang men's golf, men's tennis, women's swimming and women's soccer teams all posted scores in the top 10 percent of their sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates.

The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.  The most recent APRs are rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

The three Cal Poly teams are among 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement, representing 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads.  In 2013, 976 teams were recognized, including the Mustang men's tennis team.

Cal Poly's women's swimming team was recognized for the third time, also gaining Public Recognition Awards in 2007 and 2008.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.  The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.  Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14.

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