The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for each Division I institution’s athletic programs this month, and swimming & diving got some extremely high marks.
30 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams earned perfect scores of 1000 for the 2013-2014 season, meaning their programs had been perfect over the past four years in scholarship athletes staying in school.
The Academic Progress Rates, known as APR scores, measure how well each program’s athletes are both staying eligible and staying enrolled in school. The scores are calculated each year based on the 4 most recent seasons and can bring penalties to schools that score below a certain threshold.
The process to finding the final score is somewhat complex, but here’s a brief explanation: each team earns one point for every scholarship-earning athlete who remains enrolled in school for the term and an additional point for every scholarship athlete who remains academically eligible. The total number of points are divided by the total number of points possible, and the result is multiplied by 1000.
That means for a team earning a score of 1000, every single scholarship athlete remained eligible and enrolled for the next semester (or graduated) during the terms in question. These are 4-year rolling averages to give a better picture of a program’s success over the full careers of their undergrads.
As a whole, swimming & diving even improved from last year’s successful numbers, which included 13 men’s programs and 25 women’s teams. This year, 13 men’s and 30 women’s programs earned 1000s.
Seven programs earned 1000s with both their men and women: Villanova, Notre Dame, Miami (FL) (men’s program is diving-only), Lafayette, Dartmouth, Holy Cross and Colgate.
Two women’s teams that finished inside the top 10 at this year’s NCAA Championships earned 1000s: #2 Georgia and #7 Texas.
Here are the full lists of 1000-point teams, per the NCAA’s APR database, which you can find here. We’ve included notes on any team that finished in the top 25 at NCAAs this past spring.
Men’s 1000 Point Teams
- Notre Dame
- Miami (FL) (diving only) (#20)
- St. Francis
- Georgia Tech
- Holy Cross
Women’s 1000 Point Teams
- Texas (#7)
- Rhode Island
- Notre Dame (#21)
- Missouri (#14)
- Minnesota (#12)
- Miami (FL) (#25)
- Georgia (#2)
- Loyola Marymount
- Grand Canyon
- Holy Cross
- William & Mary