15 Duke sports teams prevail in classroom

Jun. 05, 2013 @ 05:53 PM

Duke had an ACC-best 15 teams win NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence on Wednesday.

The Blue Devils’ men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and football teams were among the award winners.

Teams win awards for finishing in the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate for their respective sports for the 2011-12 school year. The NCAA honored 976 teams on Wednesday.

The Academic Progress Rate tracks whether each scholarship player remains academically eligible and stays in school each semester. Each team’s actual APR score will be released next week, but the NCAA said Wednesday that teams receiving Public Recognition Awards scored from 978 to a perfect 1,000.

In football, Duke landed in the top five nationally along with Northwestern, Boise St, Clemson and Wisconsin.

Duke’s men’s lacrosse team is among 10 national champions from the 2012-13 school year that received the academic awards.

The others are Indiana (men’s soccer); Louisville (men’s basketball; Yale (men’s ice hockey); Georgia (men’s swimming, Oregon (women’s indoor track), Alabama (men’s golf and football); Texas (women’s volleyball) and Michigan (men’s gymnastics).

The other 12 Duke teams honored Wednesday were baseball, women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

Boston College was second in the ACC with 13 teams winning APR awards. North Carolina and Wake Forest had five each while N.C. State had three.

UNC teams honored included women’s fencing, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s swimming and diving and volleyball.

While Duke led the ACC, Dartmouth had the most teams (25) recognized nationally, followed by Brown (20) and Bucknell (19).

Also, Duke and UNC are among 61 athletic programs nationwide who have received Public Recognition Awards in all eight years they have been presented. Boston College and Georgia Tech are the other ACC teams on the list.

Syracuse and Notre Dame, who join the ACC on July 1, are also among those 61 schools. The only other North Carolina schools on the list are Davidson and Elon.

“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

“These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”