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OU women's golf, gymnastics earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academics

by Ryan Aber Modified: May 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm •  Published: May 7, 2014
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Oklahoma's Taylor Spears competes on the balance beam during the NCAA  college women's gymnastics championships on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Oklahoma's Taylor Spears competes on the balance beam during the NCAA college women's gymnastics championships on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Oklahoma’s women’s golf and gymnastics teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting Academic Progress Rate scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. Teams must meet APR thresholds to qualify for the postseason.

Overall, 1,049 teams were recognized for high achievement from the 2012-13 school year. Last year, 976 teams were recognized.

The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000 depending on the sport. A majority of the top 10 teams earned a perfect APR.

The Sooners’ gymnastics team is one of six NCAA national champions on the list. Georgia’s women’s swimming and diving team, Colorado’s men’s cross country team, Providence’s women’s cross country team, UConn’s women’s field hockey team and Notre Dame’s men’s soccer team also earned the award.

Overall, 15 programs from the Big 12 were honored. Texas and Kansas State led the league with four teams honored. The Longhorns’ baseball, men’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams were honored. Kansas State’s cross country teams, men’s golf and women’s tennis teams were honored.

Kansas’ men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams earned the honors. Also honored was Texas Tech’s women’s tennis, Iowa State’s women’s cross country and Baylor’s softball teams.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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