Two UCR Teams Knocking it Out of the Park Academically

UC Riverside’s women’s teams in tennis and golf lead the way on classroom performance.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has recognized the UC Riverside women’s tennis and golf teams for top marks in the classroom.

The NCAA requires Division I schools to track classroom performance to make sure that student athletes are not sacrificing their grades for their athletic success. This annual scorecard recognizes the top 10 percent in academic performance. The list can also allow the NCAA to decide if  a school should be fined, or lose eligibility for postseason competition.

“At the core of a great university athletics program is the concept of the student-athlete,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “As the NCAA often points out, not all athletes will go on to professional sports—most will take up meaningful professional careers throughout society. UC Riverside is very honored by this distinction.”

It should be noted that the women’s golf team also won the Big West Conference Championship and appeared in their first-ever NCAA Regional, so they were stars on the golf course as well as off.

“I look forward to celebrating this tremendous recognition with more of our sports in years to come,” said UCR Athletics Director Tamica Smith Jones. “Academic success is paramount in the vision for elevating our athletics program.”

UCR's women's tennis team in top 10 percent of the nation for academic performance.

UCR’s women’s tennis team in top 10 percent of the nation for academic performance.

Of the 1,071 teams that made it into the top 10 percent academically, more than half of them are women’s teams and 422 are men’s or mixed squads.

The Big West Conference also tracks academic performance, and recognized 54 Highlanders as individual high performers in the classroom during the fall and winter & spring seasons.

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