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Fifteen Duke teams earn academic recognition from NCAA

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Many Duke teams have had up-and-down seasons in competition this year, but Blue Devil athletes have remained consistent in the classroom.

Fifteen Duke teams earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards Wednesday for finishing in the top 10 percent in their sports in Academic Progress Rate during the 2014-15 academic year. The APR determines the eligibility of teams for postseason competition based on their players’ progress toward graduation.

The Blue Devils’ 15 teams receiving recognition ranked third among all schools—trailing only Notre Dame and Stanford—and marked the ninth straight year Duke was in the top three in the nation in this measure with at least 12 teams earning Public Recognition Awards.

The Blue Devil football, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s track and field and women’s fencing squads all earned their 10th straight awards. The other 10 teams to be recognized were baseball, men's basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, women’s track and field, men’s tennis and volleyball.

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