Leopard Student-Athletes Earn National Recognition

June 6, 2013

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EASTON, Pa. - Sixteen of Lafayette's 23 Division I sports have received 2012-13 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP) Public Recognition Awards, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The NCAA is honoring 976 Division I teams for their high marks academically, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs. The APR is the NCAA's measure of academic achievement for every Division I sports team.

Each of Lafayette's 16 teams honored participate in Patriot League play: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, women's lacrosse, men’s and women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men’s and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s volleyball.

The APR measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, and the most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Dartmouth College had the most teams (25) recognized, followed by Brown University (20) and Bucknell University (19). The Leopards sit second in the Patriot League with 16 teams honored, while Colgate followed with 12 teams and Holy Cross notched 11 squads. Next was Lehigh with nine teams, followed by American with two and M.I.T., Army and Navy with one apiece.

In 2012, a total of 954 teams were recognized. For a full listing of Public Recognition Awards by sport, school, conference or year, visit NCAA.org.