Jan. 19, 2003
Siena (6-1) won the first 12 events en route to an easy 146-92 win over the University of Vermont in the final women's swimming and diving home meet of the season Sunday afternoon. Senior Kelly Pangburn, sophomore Leah Serbalik and freshman Kaitlin Krause and Kristine Robinson each earned multiple event victories for the Saints.
Serbalik got things started on the right foot for Siena by capturing the 1 Meter Dive. Sebalik narrowly edged out Vermont's Kristen Elsmore 219.65-to-216.45. She later followed up that win with an impressive first-place showing in the 3 Meter springboard. The defending MAAC Most Outstanding Diver fell just hundreds of a point short of qualifying for the NCAA's with a score of 269.15.
The Saints team of Dana Golino, Krause, Erica Strein and Martha Kroll then took the 200-medley relay with a school-record time of 152.43.
Pangburn followed up the Saints' victory in the 200-medley relay with a convincing win in the 1650 freestyle. Pangburn swam the 1-mile race in 17:45.35, nearly two minutes faster than classmate Olga Kandarouva who took second. Pangburn also took home the top prize in the 100 freestyle later in the meet with a time of 54.91.
Krause earned her first win in the ensuing 200 freestyle with a time of 159:83. Her second victory came in the 100-yard breaststroke as she blazed past the competition in 1:10.47.
Senior Martha Kroll won the 50-yard free style in 25.43 topping teammate Strein by nearly a second. Erica Strein (100 Fly), Golino (100 Back), and Kristine Robinson (500 Free and 200 IM).
The win was the sixth straight for the red-hot Saints. Earlier in the week, the team earned a benchmark win over perennial MAAC power Marist in Loudonville. That victory served notice that Siena is a serious contender for the coveted MAAC Championship.