Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas.
Three teams recognized for academics
Arkansas golfer Taylor Moore on the fifth green during the opening round of the NCAA Regional Golf Tournament Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Blessing Golf Club in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Three Arkansas teams earned public recognition awards Wednesday for their performance in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2012-13 academic year.
The women's golf, men's golf and volleyball teams each finished in the top 10 percent in their respective sports by scoring a perfect 1,000 in the multiyear APR. The score takes into account the four academic years beginning in the fall of 2009 and ending in the spring of 2013.
"We are very proud of the outstanding efforts of our student-athletes," athletics director Jeff Long said in a UA press release. "With a program focus centered on achieving personal bests both on the field and in the classroom, Razorback student-athletes are advancing on the path to their degree while competing athletically in the nation's most competitive conference."
It is the fifth time the women's golf team has earned a public recognition award, while it is the second consecutive year the men's golf team and volleyball team earned the award.
Last year, five teams - men's golf, men's tennis, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and volleyball - were recognized for their performance in the APR.
APR scores for all sports will be released later this month or next month. Schools can receive postseason bans for multiple years under the NCAA's benchmark score in APR, though all 19 Arkansas sports finished above the benchmark last year.