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The California Golden Bears 2019-20 athletics teams are now record-holders for a highly sought after record. Cal saw 10 different teams earn NCAA recognition for their APR scores.

APR is the Academic Progress Rate is calculated, per the NCAA.org website as such:

— Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.
— A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.
— In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.

The APR holds universities accountable for their team progress and the progress of their student-athletes through the measures listed above. There are penalties involved if they don’t keep up their end of the bargain but also rewards and recognition for surpassing those marks above.

Cal, for the 2019-20 academic sport seasons, saw a record 10 different athletic teams reach scores of 1,000 or highest, and all 10 earned recognition from the NCAA. This broke the previous Cal record of seven, set two times, once in 2017 and once in 2019. Also, Cal joined just five other Power-5 schools to hit double-digit athletic teams to earn the recognition.

The teams recognized were:

Beach Volleyball
Women’s Lacrosse
Men’s Cross Country
Men’s Tennis
Softball
Women’s Volleyball
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Golf
Women’s Soccer
Women’s Tennis

To read more on the historic academic year from the Golden Bears, head here.

In other news from your California Golden Bears:

Robert Paylor earned the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award

Beach Volleyball coach Meagan Owusu celebrated a special Mother’s Day

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