WVU roundup: Mountaineers’ APR score best ever

MORGANTOWN — WVU’s combined varsity athletic teams have an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 984, according to data released May 23 by the NCAA. That’s WVU’s highest score in the 14 years of the NCAA Academic Performance Program.
The score is higher than the NCAA’s overall four-year APR average score of 983, and is up two points from last year and 10 points from three years ago.
The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes on a semester-by-semester basis and is an assessment of real-time academic success. The results of the fall and spring semesters, in a given year, are calculated as that year’s APR score and averaged with the respective scores from the previous three years to provide a four-year (multi-year) snapshot of academic achievement.
Any student-athlete receiving athletic aid in a varsity sport can earn up to four points per year for being academically eligible and remaining enrolled in the institution. A team’s APR is the total points earned on the roster divided by that squad’s total possible points, multiplied by 1,000.
Teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR score to avoid immediate penalties.
The current multi-year APR scores for WVU’s varsity teams (2013-’14 to 2016-’17): Baseball 968; men’s basketball 1,000; women’s basketball 995; cross country 993; football 950; golf 1,000; gymnastics 976; rifle 1,000; rowing 995; men’s soccer 981; women’s soccer 994; men’s swimming and diving 979; women’s swimming and diving 983; tennis 1,000; track and field 976; volleyball 960; and wrestling 972.
For the 2016-’17 academic year, WVU had six teams with perfect 1,000 scores: Men’s basketball, golf, cross country, rowing, tennis and rifle.
Five Mountaineers are in Tampa, Fla., for the NCAA Division I East preliminary, today-Saturday.
Redshirt senior Amy Cashin is set to race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while redshirt senior Jillian Forsey and redshirt sophomore Olivia Hill will participate in the 10,000-meter run. Senior Sara Finfrock and redshirt junior Madelin Gardner qualified for the pole vault.
The three-day meet will be hosted by the University of South Florida and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.
The five Mountaineers ranked in the top 48 of the NCAA East Region in their respective events to qualify. Redshirt senior Maggie Drazba (10,000 meters) and junior Danique Bryan (long jump, triple jump) alsoqualified but will not compete due to injury.
Athletes out of the East and West regions who place in the top 12 in their events will advance to the NCAA championships, June 6-9, in Eugene, Ore.

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