Holy Cross Leads Nation in NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Holy Cross Athletics   05-01-2019

WORCESTER, Mass. – Eighteen College of the Holy Cross varsity athletic teams have received Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards from the NCAA. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Holy Cross finished in a four-way tie for first in the nation among all Division I athletic programs in the number of teams honored (18), matching the total of Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth.

“Our student-athletes at Holy Cross are always striving to achieve at the highest levels both in the classroom and in competition,” said Interim Director of Athletics Brendan Sullivan. “It is exciting to see these young men and women honored for all the hard work they put into their academic pursuits.”

The Crusader programs to receive public recognition awards this year are: baseball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field, and women’s track and field. Out of those teams, women’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s swimming and diving were all recognized for the 14th year in a row, a feat accomplished by just 73 squads in all of Division I.

The APR is an NCAA tool that provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.

Full APR scores for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released on May 8.

Here is where Holy Cross has ranked over the last seven years among Division I institutions in terms of raw number of sports receiving the APR public recognition awards:

2019: 1. (tie) Holy Cross, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth 18; 5. Villanova 17; 6. Lehigh 16; 7. (tie) Colgate, Pennsylvania 15; 9. Notre Dame 14; 10. (tie) Georgetown, Northwestern, Yale 13; 13. (tie) Boston College, Bucknell, Stanford 12; 16. (tie) Duke, Gonzaga, Princeton, St. Louis, William & Mary 10.

2018: 1. Brown 20; 2. Holy Cross 19; 3. (tie) Dartmouth, Villanova 18; 5. Stanford 17; 6. Lehigh 16; 7. (tie) Bucknell, Columbia, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Yale 15; 12. Notre Dame 13; 13. (tie) Boston College, Colgate, Northwestern 12; 16. (tie) Davidson, Duke, Gonzaga, Princeton 11.

2017: 1. (tie) Brown, Dartmouth 19; 3. Holy Cross 18; 4. (tie) Pennsylvania, Stanford 17; 6. (tie) Bucknell, Villanova 15; 8. (tie) Georgetown, Notre Dame, Yale 14; 11. (tie) Colgate, Columbia, Lehigh 12; 14. (tie) Boston College, Duke 12; 16. (tie) Davidson, Gonzaga, Michigan, Minnesota 11.

2016: 1. Brown 21; 2. Dartmouth 19; 3. (tie) Bucknell, Stanford 17; 5. (tie) Lafayette, Notre Dame 16; 7. Duke 15; 8. (tie) Holy Cross, Minnesota, Pennsylvania 14; 11. (tie) Colgate, Georgetown, Villanova, Yale 13; 15. (tie) Boston College, Columbia, Davidson, Gonzaga, Northwestern 12.

2015: 1. Dartmouth 26; 2. (tie) Brown, Bucknell, Stanford 19; 5. Lafayette 18; 6. (tie) Colgate, Notre Dame 17; 8. (tie) Duke, Northwestern 15; 10. (tie) Columbia, Minnesota 14; 12. (tie) Davidson, Gonzaga, Pennsylvania, Yale 13; 16. (tie) Holy Cross, Boston College, Georgetown, Villanova 12.

2014: 1. Dartmouth 26; 2. Brown 22; 3. Bucknell 21; 4. (tie) Lafayette, Pennsylvania 17; 6. Notre Dame 15; 7. (tie) Holy Cross, Davidson, Duke, Stanford, Yale 14; 12. Georgetown 13; 13. (tie) Boston College, Colgate, Minnesota, Northwestern 12; 17. Gonzaga 11.

2013: 1. Dartmouth 25; 2. Brown 20; 3. Bucknell 19; 4. Lafayette 16; 5. (tie) Duke, Notre Dame 15; 7. (tie) Georgetown, Northwestern, Yale 14; 10.(tie) Boston College, Colgate, Davidson, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Stanford 13; 16. Columbia 12; 17. Holy Cross 11; 18. (tie) Cornell, Princeton 10.

For more information on the schools and teams honored by the NCAA, click here.



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