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15 Duke Teams Honored by NCAA for APR Achievement
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/17/2011
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DURHAM, N.C. - Fifteen of Duke’s varsity athletic teams were honored by the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent in their respective sports nationally in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.

The Blue Devils’ baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, wrestling, women’s basketball, women’s fencing, women’s lacrosse and volleyball teams were among those listed by the NCAA.

Duke led all ACC schools with its 15 selections followed by Boston College (8), North Carolina (7), Wake Forest (6),  Virginia Tech (5), Georgia Tech (4), Miami (4), Virginia (3), N.C. State (3), Florida State (1), Maryland (1) and Clemson (1).  Among FBS schools, Notre Dame (17) and Duke (15) had the most teams on the list.

In addition, Duke ranks second among all institutions currently ranked among the top 25 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings.  Notre Dame is first  (17; currently ranked 12th in Cup standings) followed by Duke (15; ranked 8th), Penn State (9; ranked 3rd),  Stanford (9; ranked 1st), Texas (9; ranked 14th), North Carolina (7; ranked 4th), Ohio State (5; ranked 2nd), West Virginia (5; ranked 18th), California (4; ranked 10th), Indiana (4; ranked 19th), Connecticut (3; ranked 25th), Michigan (3; ranked 5th), Virginia (3; ranked 20th), Wisconsin (3; ranked 9th), Illinois (2; ranked 21st), Oklahoma (2; ranked 6th), Auburn (1; ranked 24th), Florida State (1; ranked 7th), Nebraska (1; ranked 22nd), Maryland (1; ranked 15th), Minnesota (1; ranked 11th),  UCLA (1; ranked 23rd), Arizona (0; ranked 17th), Florida (0; ranked 13th) and Texas A&M (0; ranked 16th).

The Duke men’s basketball team was one of four national champions from the 2009-10 season that were included in this year’s award list – Fairleigh Dickinson (women’s bowling), Michigan (men’s gymnastics) and Denver (women’s skiing).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. For those sports that did not offer athletic scholarships at Duke, the APR cohort included all recruited student-athletes.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance for a particular academic year.