INDIANAPOLIS-- Twenty-four teams from America East member institutions received Academic Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, as announced by the organization this afternoon. The number of squads being honored marks the highest number for America East since 2006.
Of those twenty-four teams, four won America East regular season or tournament championships over the past year. University of Hartford women's basketball completed an undefeated regular season in 2009-10, won the regular season title and earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship. University of New Hampshire men's soccer was the 2009 America East regular season champion, while Boston University softball and women's swimming and diving are both reigning conference champions. The Terrier softball team is looking to defend its 2009 title as the top seed in the 2010 conference tournament this weekend.
The Hawks led all schools with six squads recognized. Boston University and New Hampshire each received five awards.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly
recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the
overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams
who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of
student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.
Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all
squads in each sport.
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. The
APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure
of each team's academic performance.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including
the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced at a later date. That
announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for
Boston University Men's Cross Country Men's Ice Hockey Women's Golf Softball Women's Swimming
Binghamton Men's Soccer Women's Cross Country
Hartford Men's Tennis Men's Indoor Track & Field Men's Outdoor Track & Field Women's Basketball Women's Soccer Volleyball
Maine Football Women's Cross Country Women's Soccer Volleyball
New Hampshire Men's Soccer Men's Outdoor Track & Field Women's Gymnastics Women's Indoor Track & Field Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Stony Brook Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Vermont Field Hockey
America East: Developing Champions in Academics,