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16 Leopard Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

April 14, 2016
EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette had 16 programs secure NCAA Public Recognition Awards given annually to teams with Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

The APR is the NCAA's measure of academic achievement for every Division I sports team which measures eligibility and retention each semester. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

“We want to ensure college athletes are getting the most out of their experience, and academics are a top priority in this effort,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The teams honored today earned recognition by making a commitment to success in the classroom as well as in competition. We celebrate their achievement and dedication to preparing themselves for life after college.”

The Leopards' baseball, football, men’s and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming and diving, men’s fencing, men's and women's track and field, softball, men’s and women's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball all garnered the honor.

In the 11-year history of the NCAA program, 110 programs have achieved the distinction each season and the Lafayette baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis teams are among that nationally-recognized group. There are 21 Patriot League teams among the 110. Lafayette leads the way with five teams, joined by Bucknell with five, Lehigh and Holy Cross at four, and Colgate Loyola and Boston University with one apiece.

In total, the Patriot League had 94 teams honored with Public Recognition Awards. Bucknell had 17 teams win the award, followed by Lafayette with 16, Holy Cross (14), Colgate (13), Lehigh (10), Boston U. and Navy (7), Loyola (6), Army (3) and American (1).

For a full listing of Public Recognition Awards by sport, school, conference or year, visit