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Gymnastics team recognized for academics

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 8:17 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – With a perfect multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1,000, the Northern Illinois University women’s gymnastics team was honored with a Public Recognition Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

These awards highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving multiyear APRs ranked in the top 10 percent of all squads within their respective sports.     

“Great job by head coach Sam Morreale and our women’s gymnastics program, who earned the Public Recognition Award with a perfect APR over the last four years,” said NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier. “This is a team that is getting it done the right way in the classroom, in competition and with the way they represent NIU every day.”   

The NIU women’s gymnastics program received a Public Recognition Award for the second time in school history. It is one of two Mid-American Conference women’s gymnastics teams, and one of just 15 gymnastics teams in the country, to receive the recognition this year.

Women’s gymnastics is one of seven NIU programs to earn the honor since it was implemented in 2004-05, and Huskie teams have been honored a total of 11 times. At least one NIU team has ranked in the top 10 percent for multiyear APR in its sport in eight of the last nine years.

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