INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The NCAA announced that five Collegiate Water Polo Association teams have earned Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.
Leading the pack in water polo is the Collegiate Water Polo Association as Brown University (men & women), Bucknell University (women), Princeton University (women) and Harvard University (women) as the league accounted for five of the nine teams honored by the NCAA.
The lone institution to win an award in both men's and women's water polo, Brown claimed the program's sixth consecutive women's honor (2005-10) to join the Princeton and Santa Clara University women's programs as the only teams to earn six consecutive honors in the sport.
Overall, the CWPA makes up two-thirds of the recognized men's programs as Stanford University of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) joins Brown and Bucknell on the exclusive list.
On the women's list, Iona College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Santa Clara University of the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) and the University of California-Berkeley of the MPSF join Brown, Harvard and Princeton as the CWPA accounted for three of the six honored programs.
Since the NCAA began the APR Public Recognition Awards in 2004-05, the CWPA has earned 31 of the 63 awards presented in the sport of water polo, including 15-of-24 on the men's side and 16-of-39 on the women's side.
In the history of the men's awards, five CWPA programs have been recognized with Brown (2005-10), Bucknell (2009-10), Fordham University (2006), Harvard (2005-08) and Princeton (2005-06) joining non-league members Long Beach State University (2005), Pepperdine University (2005-07), Stanford (2006, 2010) and University of California-Davis (2007-09) as the only recognized programs.
The numbers are similar on the women's list as Brown (2006-10), Bucknell (2005-08), Harvard (2010) and Princeton (2005-10) are joined by non-CWPA institutions Iona (2009-10), Loyola Marymount (2005), Marist College (2005-06), Santa Clara (2005-10), St. Francis College (2005-07, 2009), Stanford (2005-08), California (2010), University of Southern California (2005) and Villanova University (2005-06).
Through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team.
Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 24.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
“Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels,” Emmert said. “By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete.”
By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport, Emmert said. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced by the NCAA on Tuesday, May 24.