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FIU no longer grounded by grades; more water women;

The official Academic Progress Rates for 2012-13 won't be announced until June. But the Dean Wormers at the NCAA have seen FIU's grades and have decided there was enough APR upward movement in the season under Richard Pitino to take FIU off punishment and let the men's basketball team return to postseason play next season.



Johanna Gustafsdottir went back home to Iceland to rip through her native land's national meet, walking out with three firsts, two seconds and a national record in the 400 individual medley of 4:53.24. She also won the 200 freestyle with a 2:04.94 and was part of the 800 free relay winners.

FIU's 400 IM ace, Sonia Perez, was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the College Swim Coaches Association of America this week. Perez became the first FIU swimmer -- and was the only Conference USA swimmer this year -- to score at the NCAA meet, taking 13th in the 400 IM. She also swam the 200 IM and 200 backstroke at the NCAA meet before being named Conference USA's Swimmer of the Year.



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Have to give some credit to Garcia and specially to Bobby. Presenting a case to the NCAA.

Theres no way they rolling APR average is above the minimum (Especially after two more departures in Joey and Smith), so they must have attacked the issue a different way.

Way to go! Now coach Evans has one less negative in recruiting.

I heard that PG hired the former head of the NCAA APR division as a consultant to advise the academics staff and help set up a structure. That guy used to oversee APR for NCAA and left to start his own consulting business. Seems like that decision has paid off. That hire was before Bobby arrived.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Thanks for clarifying this Pete or one of his minions.

^^ Good info DP. In any case, good work by the athletic staff.

I still expect practice time reductions and schollie reductions, but being able to compete in post season tournaments (CUSA tournament) is a step in the right direction and will help Evans recruit.

Seems like DJN has been deleting some of my comments. Oh well, I'll be sure to keep it G rated.

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