Swimming and Diving Captures Second at MAAC Championships
Feb. 23, 2003
The Siena College women's swimming and diving program narrowly missed its initial conference championship Saturday night, falling to champion Rider University by just 18 points. Siena's Kelly Pangburn went out a MAAC Champion in all three of her events after capturing the 1650 free late Friday.
The day 3 events began with the 3 Meter dive, where defending MAAC Most Outstanding Diver, Leah Serbalik placed third for Siena. Senior Elana Mastoras also scored for the Saints, finishing in 13th place in the final performance of her career.
In the ensuing 1650 freestyle, senior Kelly Pangburn completed her mission of going out a MAAC Champion in each of her events. Pangburn coasted to a five second victory in 17_37.41 to take top honors for the fifth time (three individual events) on the weekend. Classmate Olga Kandarouva finished in 11th for Siena.
Freshman Dana Golino completed her solid rookie campaing with a second place showing in the 200 yard backstroke which followed. Golino finished just over a second behind Rider's Melissa Michalov, who was named Most Outsanding Swimmer for the event. Christi Hunter took seventh for Siena and Kathleen Noonan checked in ninth place to round out the Saints' scorers.
The 100 freestylebrought with it the opportunity for senior Martha Kroll to close out her stellar career with a MAAC Championship as well. Kroll swam one of her top times of the season, but was narrowly edged out by Niagara's Traci Liberi and was forced to settle for second place. Debra Tagliaferro finished 15th.
The Saints lost their most ground in the 200 yard breaststrok where the Bronce took the top two spots. Siena's Kaitlin Krause finished in fourth place and Kelly Collins registered 10th for the Green and Gold.
Freshman Kristine Robinson gave the Siena faithful another glimpse as to what success the years to come may bring the young Siena program with a solid second place showing in the 200 yard butterfly. Robinson fell just five hundredths of a second shy of her initial MAAC Championhip.
The final event of the meet was the 400 yard freestyle relay and Rider put an exclimation point on their come-from-behind victory with a first place showing. The Siena quartet of Kroll, Erica Strein, Kaitlin Krause and Pangburn placed third in 3:38.67.
The Championships complete the memorable 2002-2003 season for Siena which finished the regular-season with an undefeated conference record.