Good APR News For WVU

West Virginia's Academic Progress Rate scores ranged from very good to excellent in the latest batch of data released by the NCAA, but a pair of teams may have some challenges to overcome in the near future

Seven West Virginia teams scored a perfect 1,000 in the 2011-12 academic year: men's basketball, women's basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and wrestling. A team's APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad's total possible points, multiplied by 1,000. Each player can earn a total of four points per academic year. In each semester, one point can be earned for remaining enrolled in school while another can be earned for remaining academically eligible. Thus, if every player on the team remains enrolled and academically eligible for both semesters, a perfect score is earned.

Overall, West Virginia University's teams earned an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 973. That score, which is a an average of the most recent four years of scores, is one of the litmus tests for retaining eligibility for postseason play and avoiding sanctions, such as reduced scholarship totals.

Teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to avoid immediate penalties. The current multi-year APR scores for WVU's varsity teams covering 2008-2012), include: baseball 922; men's basketball 974; women's basketball 985; cross country 996; football 950; gymnastics 995; rifle 971; rowing 981; men's soccer 989; women's soccer 985; men's swimming and diving 972; women's swimming and diving 974; tennis 964; indoor track and field 994; outdoor track and field 994; volleyball 950; and wrestling 945.

Two squads may have some room for concern in the next year or two, however. The baseball team's low score of 882 this past year means it will have to improve a great deal in this year's score to avoid sanctions. Also, the men's basketball team could lose points with the transfers from this year if those individuals did not leave in good academic standing.

Director of Athletics Oliver Luck focused on the short term, noting that the Mountaineers more than doubled their perfect scores from a year ago.

"We went from three teams that had perfect scores in 2010-11 to seven teams in 2011-12, and I'm certainly delighted with that progress," he noted. "I want to congratulate the men's basketball, women's basketball, cross country, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and wrestling teams for their perfect scores in 2011-12. Overall, our 973 APR score is strong, and I'm pleased that our teams continue to make good academic progress."

All 17 teams exceeded the 900 four-year score, and no WVU team will receive APR academic penalties from the NCAA.

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WVU's strong showing was also evident in the recently announced spring Big 12 honor roll. Two hundred twenty-seven of West Virginia's 442 athletes were named to the list, which recognizes those athletes who earned a 3.0 or better GPA.

Thirty-nine Mountaineers tallied a perfect 4.0 for the spring, including: Brock Dykxhoorn (baseball), Jess Harlee (women's basketball), Kyle Majnaric, Nate Majnaric, Michael Molinari (football), Gina Costa, Marina Galante (gymnastics), Alexandra Basil, Kaitlyn Eason, Mary Ignatiadis, Kelly Kramer, Jeannine McCarty, Rachelle Purych, Courtney Schrand, Ellen Shular (rowing), Carly Black, Kara Blosser, Ali Connelly, Nicolette DeLaurentis, Amanda Hill, Bri Rodriguez, Frances Silva, Caroline Szwed (women's soccer), David Palley, Katie Murto, Sloan Storie, Haily VandePoel, Jenelle Zee (swimming and diving), Aubrey Moskal, Kimberly Mulvin, Hallie Portner, Letitia Propst, Katlyn Shelar, Brittney Thomas, Kelly Williams (track/cross country), Liz Gulick (volleyball) and Lance Bryson, Bubba Scheffel and Tim Wheeling (wrestling).

The cross country/track and rowing teams led all Mountaineer teams with 39 and 33 honorees, respectively, on the honor roll. Other total student-athletes on the honor roll include football (28), women's swimming and diving (22), women's soccer (19), wrestling (16), baseball (14), gymnastics (13), men's swimming and diving (13), volleyball (9), men's basketball (7), women's basketball (7) and women's tennis (7).

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