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Six Defenders Named Scholar-Athletes

May 28, 2013

(Tuesday, May 28; Sioux Center, Iowa) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced  313 women’s track and field student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Six Dordt College athletes were on the 2013 list.

Merissa Harkema (Senior; Hudsonville, Michigan), Kaitlin Troost (Senior; Parma, Idaho) and Briana Vander Woude (Senior; Clara City, Minnesota) were the three seniors on the list for Dordt College. 
Harkema majored in Health-Human Performance and Troost was a Secondary Education major. 

Vander Woude is an Elementary Education major and won the NAIA National Championship in the heptathlon at the National Meet.  All three are repeat selections and Harkema was an All-American in the 4 x 800 meter relay.

Lindsey Floen (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa), Christy Sikkema (Junior; Ridgetown, Ontario) and Chelsea Vaandrager (Junior; Rock Valley, Iowa) all earned the honor for the first time in track and field.

Floen is studying Business Administration at Dordt College while Vaandrager is majoring in Social Work.  Sikkema, who earned NAIA All-American Honors in the triple jump at the National Meet and is studying Biology.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

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