The University of Toledo men’s basketball and women’s golf programs earned high marks in their most recent Academic Progress Rate evaluation and have been commended by the NCAA for their achievements in the classroom.
The two teams earned NCAA public recognition for their classroom commitment as part of the NCAA’s academic performance program. Only teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport during their most recent multiyear APR evaluation earned recognition.
A total of 44 Division I programs received public recognition in men’s basketball, with the Rockets being the lone representative from the Mid-American Conference.
“During my first three years at Toledo, we were penalized several scholarships, saw our practice time and number of games we could play reduced, and couldn’t participate in postseason play due to our low APR scores,” UT men’s basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk said.
“Since that time, we’ve put in a lot of hard work and many long hours to get our program to a point where we are being recognized among the best in the country for our commitment to academics. I’m extremely proud of this accomplishment and want to thank everyone at our university who has played a role in helping us achieve this honor.”
The women’s golf team registered a perfect 1,000 APR score, joining Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, and Ohio as other MAC schools that were honored.
“I’m very proud of being recognized for our team’s performance in the classroom over the last four years,” UT women’s golf coach Nicole Hollingsworth said.
“Everyone involved in our program knows how important a college degree is, and we are going to continue to strive to be the best we can be.”
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 academic years.
Add John Stepec and Paul Perschon to the list of former UT football players to earn an NFL tryout.
Stepec, an all-MAC defensive end, was invited to the New York Giants minicamp May 11-13. Stepec recorded 71 tackles and 14 tackles for loss in his senior season, and he also served as a team captain.
“I’m just excited and very grateful for this opportunity,” Stepec said. “I had a number of teams call me, but the Giants were the first. I’m looking forward to going to camp and giving it my best shot.”
Perschon was invited to attend the Chicago Bears minicamp, which starts Friday. Perschon was a two-year starter at left guard for the Rockets.
Perschon grew up in suburban Chicago and said he is excited to have a shot to make his hometown team.
“I’m a huge Bears fan so I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” Perschon said. “Just about every book report or project I did in school was on Mike Ditka or Walter Payton.”
Track and field
The UT women’s track and field team turned in several first-place and second-place finishes as the Toledo Invitational finished Friday.
A trio of sophomores turned in impressive performances as Christina Johnson won the 200 meters with a time of 24.66, Deja Martin won the triple jump with a leap of 11.60 meters, and Anna Bellman won the javelin with a throw of 37 meters.
Sophomore Nautica Hill finished second behind Johnson in the 200 at 24.67. Junior Julia Mendiola took second in the 800 with a time of 2:17.16, and freshman Tori Thompson raced to a runner-up finish in the 100 in 12.24.
Toledo completed against a field that included Michigan, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, and Capital.
The Rockets will finish their season at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which start Thursday in Kalamazoo, Mich.
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