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Student-Athletes Pile Up Wins, Diplomas

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March 13, 2006

When it comes to achievement both on the fields of competition and in class, Northwestern student-athletes continue to perform among the nation's best, according to recent NCAA rankings.

Academic progress

The NCAA's 2004-05 Academic Progress Rate (APR) data shows six Northwestern programs recording a perfect 1,000 multiyear score. Four other teams rank in the top 10 percent of their sport, giving the University 10 teams that rank at or near the nation's top.

No Northwestern team has fallen below the 925 "cut" score since the APR was introduced two years ago.

"Northwestern prides itself on academic and athletic success, and the latest figures continue to support our achievements in the classroom," said Mark Murphy, Northwestern's director of athletics.

Northwestern also has achieved a 97 percent student-athlete graduation rate for 2005. Thirteen of the Wildcats' 18 varsity sports from 1995 to 1998 recorded a perfect 100 percent graduation rate.

More wins than losses

As of March 1, seven of Northwestern's 13 in-season varsity squads ranked in their respective top-25 polls. Six of those seven rank in the top 15, and three rank in the top 5.

Lacrosse leads the way with a No. 1 ranking, while women's tennis is No. 4 and fencing is No. 5. Other ranked teams are men's golf (No. 12), wrestling, (No. 13) and men's swimming (No. 15). Softball rounds out Northwestern's list of ranked in-season teams at No. 16 in both of its coaches polls.