LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the third straight year, the Harvard softball team was recognized as one of the Top-10 Academic Teams in NCAA Division I, ranking seventh in the nation, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Tuesday.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the Crimson earned a combined 3.588 GPA, the highest mark of any Ivy League school. Western Carolina topped the list, earning a 3.673 while Missouri State (3.648), Alabama (3.647), Middle Tennessee State (3.616) and Sacred Heart (3.605) rounded out the top five.
Among the Ancient Eight, Harvard and Brown (19th) were the only two institutions to rank in the top-50 in the nation in team GPA.
In addition to the team accomplishment, 17 Harvard athletes received individual NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete honors, the most in program history and the most in the Ivy League. In order to be eligible for the status, athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the academic year.
Below is a list of the Harvard athletes who were recognized as NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Alexa Altchek, Savannah Bradley, Taylor Cabe, Catherine Callaway, Kathleen Duncan, Lindsey Hagberg, Dallas Hogan, Maddy Kaplan, Melissa Lacro, Meagan Lantz, Jillian Leslie, Erin Lockhart, Morgan Macchiarulo, Giana Panariello, Rhianna Rich, Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Chanel Varney