Fairfield University student athletes recognized for academic success

Seven varsity athletics teams at Fairfield University have been named recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award. The award is presented to those teams that have an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

The seven teams honored at Fairfield are: Baseball, Men's Tennis, Softball, Women's Golf, Women's Rowing, Women's Soccer and Women's Swimming and Diving.

"We are very proud of our teams for their success in the classroom and in the competitive arena," said Senior Associate Director of Athletics Alison Sexton. "It is gratifying for our programs to receive recognition from the NCAA for these successes."

The 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. 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."

Fairfield, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), had the most teams recognized of the 10-member schools in the conference. As a whole, the MAAC had 32 teams receive the award.

Contact: Chris O'Connor, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2878

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 6, 2007

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