Five Thunderbird Teams Earn Perfect Single-Season APR

CEDAR CITY, Utah — The NCAA released the single-season APR totals for all Division I teams Wednesday afternoon and five Thunderbird teams earned perfect scores of 1,000 for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Southern Utah men’s basketball team, men’s track team, women’s gymnastics team, and men’s and women’s tennis teams all earned a single-year APR score of 1,000. This is the second year in a row with a perfect score for the men’s and women’s tennis teams and the sixth year in a row for the gymnastics team.

The Flippin’ Birds also earned their 13th Academic National Championship last year.

“I applaud every program earning a Public Recognition Award this year for their commitment to going above and beyond to prepare students for life after college through academic achievement,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “To have nine national champions so far this year — including men’s and women’s basketball — be among those recognized illustrates that student-athletes succeed athletically and academically.”

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

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SUU Athletics Strategic Communication