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Aztec Athletes Succeed in Academics

All 19 athletic programs at SDSU exceeded the NCAA Academic Progress Rate.
The eight San Diego State programs that posted record multi-year scores this season were cross country, football, swimming and diving, rowing, baseball, lacrosse, men's tennis and women's tennis.
The eight San Diego State programs that posted record multi-year scores this season were cross country, football, swimming and diving, rowing, baseball, lacrosse, men's tennis and women's tennis.

All 19 athletic programs at San Diego State University exceeded the NCAA Academic Progress Rate standards issued by the NCAA with eight programs setting multi-year record highs, five scoring a perfect single-year score and three earning distinction from the NCAA for scoring in the top 10 percent nationally.

On Tuesday, the NCAA released information for every school in the country based on the eligibility and retention of each scholar student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face sanctions, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice.

Rates reflect performance over the past four years, with today's latest multi-year score being based on the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

Aztec success

"We are proud of the coaches and student-athletes who continue to excel, not only on the field of play but also in the classroom," said Jim Sterk, SDSU's director of athletics.

"We have great leadership and support in our academic areas led by Lucas Mossman and his staff."

Mossman is the associate athletic director of student-athlete academic support services.

"They do a fantastic job focusing on helping student-athletes graduate and become successful in their area of study."

The eight Aztec programs that posted record multi-year scores this season were cross country, football, swimming and diving, rowing, baseball, lacrosse and men's and women's tennis.

Five programs recorded a perfect single-year rate of 1,000. That included cross country, women's soccer, softball and men and women's tennis. The latter four each won Mountain West titles in 2012-13 and women's soccer, softball and women's tennis advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Three sports earned a perfect 1,000 multi-year rate and were recognized last week by the NCAA with a Public Recognition Award. Cross country, men's tennis and women's tennis all received the NCAA honor, helping SDSU become the only Mountain West school with three teams to earn this distinction.

A winning year 

SDSU is coming off its most successful season in school history, with an Aztec-record 11 teams advancing to NCAA tournament play (scoring at the NCAA meet or participating in a bowl game), a school-record 12 Mountain West championships and four teams (men's basketball, women's soccer, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field) finishing in the top 25 at their NCAA championship.

The Aztecs join Florida and UCLA as the only schools in the nation to advance to a bowl game and qualify for NCAA tournament play in women's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball and softball.

SDSU continues to excel in both football and men's basketball as the football team claimed its 19th conference title and advanced to a bowl game for the third straight year and men's basketball won 20 games for an eighth consecutive season and played in its fourth straight NCAA tournament.

Since the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, the Aztecs have posted a 109-35 record (75.7 percent) in football and men's basketball games, the second-best record in the country, next to Ohio State.

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