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University of Kentucky Athletics set a school record with seven teams – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving and volleyball – receiving Public Recognition Awards for their Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

The Wildcat squads received the honor for placing in the top 10% of the Division I schools in their respective sports. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation. The scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2015-16 through the 2018-19 school years.

Having seven teams earn the APR top-10 award breaks the school record of six that was set each of the last two years. It’s also the first time that a UK squad has won in nine consecutive years, as this marks nine in a row for men’s golf. Men’s basketball is a seven-year winner, including the last six years in a row. Women’s golf and volleyball are four-year winners. Women’s basketball earned the award for the third year in a row and it is the second top-10 honor for gymnastics. It is the first award for women’s swimming and diving.

"Making progress toward graduation is an essential part of the experience at UK," said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. "The fact that seven of our teams rank among the best in the nation in their APR scores is a testament to both the work of our student-athletes and the commitment of our coaches and staff. Congratulations to our men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, volleyball and gymnastics teams for earning this recognition."

The Wildcat coaches are gratified about their teams’ achievements.

"This is the sixth straight season our program has received this award, something we take tremendous pride in," said men’s basketball coach John Calipari. "At the end of the day, we are here to put these kids in an opportunity and on a stage to chase their dreams — to prepare them for the next step of their lives. Whether that’s playing basketball professionally or entering the business world or whatever they choose to do, our kids leave here as lifelong learners. That’s a credit to their hard work and the support and guidance of Michael Stone and our CATS staff. They challenge our players in the classroom in all areas."


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