Feb. 21, 2003
The upstart Siena women's swimming and diving team continued its surprising season with an impressive Day 1 showing at the MAAC Championships in Baltimore late Thursday night. The Saints captured both relay events, and following the initial six events held a six and a half point advantage over second place Rider.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Martha Kroll, Erica Strein, Kelly Pangburn and Kaitlin Krause started the meet with a narrow victory in a time of 1:40.13. The Saints held off the Loyola College quartet that captured second in 1:40.80 to earn 40 points.
In the ensuing event, Pangburn added more hardware to her cluttered trophy case with her third career MAAC Championship in the 500-yard freestyle. The defending MAAC Most Outstanding Swimmer will look to go out as a champion in her third and final event-the 1000-yard free style, tonight. Classmate Olga Kandarouva scored three points in the event for Siena, finishing in 15th place.
The third event of the evening was the 200-yard individual medley, and the freshman tandem of Kristine Robinson and Christi Hunter got the Saints back on the scoreboard. Robinson's time of 2:13.90 was good enough for fourth place and 15 points, while Hunter checked in at 2:19.03, good enough for eighth place and 11 points. Kathleen Noonan rounded out the three Siena scorers in 11th place, registering six points for the Day 1 leaders.
Martha Kroll broke the 25 second barrier in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle in capturing fourth place for Siena. The Saints' top sprinter finished the course in 24:95. Erica Strein added nine points to the Siena total with a ninth place showing in the event.
The meet's fifth event saw the first diving action of the Championships--the 1-meter springboard. Sophomore Leah Serbalik (Saratoga, N.Y.), the defending MAAC Most Outstanding Diver, placed fifth scoring 187.60. Senior Danielle Tardiff made the most of her last go around off the platform, landing in 11 place to add six points to Siena's total.
Siena completed their relay sweep with an upset victory in the 400-yard medley relay. The Saints were seeded fourth, but smashed their regular-season best time by nearly 13 seconds to easily cature the event. The team of Dana Golino, Krause, Robinson and Pangburn earned 40 points with their first place finish-enough to catapult the Saints to the lead after the first day of competition.
The three day event continues with preliminaries this morning and finals in seven more events this evening.
Day 1 Standings: Siena 179, Rider 172.50, Loyola 139, Marist 130, Fairfield 120, Iona 119, Niagara 97.50, Canisius 54, Manhattan 42, Saints Peter's 35.