April 27, 2007

Fifteen Holy Cross Teams Honored By NCAA For Academic Achievement

April 27, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA is honoring 839 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores, including 15 teams from the College of the Holy Cross. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

The 15 Holy Cross teams to be recognized include nine women's squads and six men's teams. On the women's side, the Crusaders have been honored for their achievements in basketball, cross country, field hockey, indoor track & field, lacrosse, outdoor track & field, softball, swimming & diving and volleyball. The men's teams to earn recognition are basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, swimming & diving and tennis.

"The academic aspect is paramount at Holy Cross, and we're pleased that our student-athletes are being recognized for working hard and excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field," said Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr.

Holy Cross ranked seventh in all of Division I and second in the Patriot League for the number of squads to be recognized. Only Yale (28), Brown (24), Dartmouth (24), Harvard (21), Princeton (19) and Bucknell (17) had more teams honored. The Patriot League had 92 total teams receiving awards, second to only the Ivy League (152).

High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 975 to a perfect 1,000, said NCAA president Myles Brand. "These teams prove once again that student-athletes are students first, and many of them are excellent students," Brand said. "I want to personally congratulate these teams and their student-athletes who are working hard in their sport and in the classroom and setting a great example for all students."

Last year, a total of 1,048 teams were recognized. There are fewer awards this year than last year because there are fewer teams with perfect scores. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores. Multi-year APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced Wednesday, May 2. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.