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Dandar named Academic All-American

Christina Dandar playing soccer
Photo by Kimberly Moss

After being named a women's soccer Academic All-District selection three weeks ago, Kalamazoo College's Christina Dandar was named a Third Team Academic All-American Friday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Dandar, a junior defender from Harrison Township, Mich., played a pivotal role this season on the Hornet backline leading Kalamazoo to its first MIAA championship since 1999. An All-MIAA First Team selection in 2016, Dandar's started 40 consecutive games dating back to the 2015 season.

Off the field Dandar holds a 3.98 GPA as a psychology major, was an MIAA Academic Honor Roll selection the past two seasons and was named to the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society in 2014.

"This is a remarkable achievement for an exceptional individual," Kalamazoo College head women's soccer coach Bryan Goyings said. "Christina has proven to be one of our team's strongest and most consistent defenders the past three seasons.  She played a key role in the conference's top defensive unit this past year, starting every game and nearly playing every minute.

"It is a well-deserved award and I am extremely proud that Christina is able to represent our team and Kalamazoo College with such a prestigious honor.  Her drive and determination to succeed continue to be evident in her athletic excellence and first class academic merit."

Dandar is the fourth women's soccer player in Kalamazoo history to earn the prestigious recognition, joining Lucy Mailing (2014), Kim Hartman (2002) and Lydia Raburn (2001).