Women's Tennis, Cross Country Honored by NCAA
LAWRENCEVILLE-The Rider University women's cross country team and women's tennis team received public recognition from the NCAA for their performance in the most recent Academic Progress Rate, it was announced. To be recognized, a program's APR must rank among the top 10 percent in the nation in its sport
"Within the Rider Athletic Department, academic and athletic success are equally prioritized," said Greg Busch, Rider Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations and Compliance. "It is therefore a source of great pride for us to have two of our teams receive these public recognition awards from the NCAA."
The Rider women's cross country team compiled a 3.59 grade point average, which ranked 18th in the nation. Nine members of the women's cross country team were named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
"The women do an outstanding job of not only achieving fantastic grades but they also are graduating with degrees to help them pursue their goals after college," said Rider women's cross country coach Bob Hamer. "I am really proud of this recognition and it demonstrates consistent academic achievement that we want as a hallmark of our program. "
Four members of the women's tennis team were named to the MAAC All-Academic team.
"The women's tennis team is to be commended," said Rider head coach Ed Torres. "They are not only good tennis players but better students. I have always insisted that the tennis teams put their education above their tennis strokes. As a former educator I try to teach them to work hard, play fair, treat others kindly and you will mature into a fine citizen whom your parents will be proud of."
In 2004, the NCAA developed an Academic Progress Rate (APR) metric that examines academic success on a more real-time basis. One point is awarded each term to each scholarship student-athlete who meets academic-eligibility standards and an additional point is awarded if they remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.