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Women's Basketball, Women's Tennis and Women's Soccer Honors By NCAA

May 2, 2007

Indianapolis, IN -- The Saint Mary's College had three athletic programs receive public recognition by the NCAA for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. SMC's women's tennis, women's basketball, and women's soccer teams each posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

for the years of 2003-06, both the Saint Mary's women's basketball and women's tennis earned a perfect APR score of 1000, while the women's soccer program received an APR score of 995 The APR measures academic factors including eligibility, retention, and graduation rates.

"This is an outstanding achievement for Saint Mary's College and especially for our three programs that were recognized by the NCAA," commented Director of Athletics Mark Orr. "Saint Mary's has a proud academic reputation, and our athletic programs continue to succeed both on and off the playing field. Being recognized in the top-10 percent of the country for academic success, is a tremendous accomplishment for these three programs."

The NCAA is honoring more than 800 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

The 839 teams receiving awards this year represent 217 Division I colleges and universities, or two-thirds of the 326 institutions that compete in NCAA Division I athletics. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 975 to a perfect 1,000, said NCAA President Myles Brand.

"These teams prove once again that student-athletes are students first, and many of them are excellent students," Brand said. "I want to personally congratulate these teams and their student-athletes who are working hard in their sport and in the classroom and setting a great example for all students."

Of the teams receiving awards for their latest academic performance are 366 men's and mixed teams and 473 women's teams. The men's sports with the highest number of teams garnering public recognition are golf (51), cross country (49) and tennis (40). The women's sports with the highest number of teams receiving awards are tennis (64), volleyball (54) and golf (52).

The Ivy League is the Division I conference with the largest number of high-performing squads, with 152 teams receiving awards. The Patriot League had 92 teams receiving awards, followed by the Big East with 63 teams. Yale University had 28 teams receive public recognition awards, the most of any Division I college or university.

Last year, a total of 1,048 teams were recognized. There are fewer awards this year than last year because there are fewer teams with perfect scores. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores.

The public recognition awards by sport and institution can be found above in the Tools & Resources box.Multi-year APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced Wednesday (May 2). The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.