Nov. 9, 2002
Four different Siena (2-1/1-0 MAAC) freshmen won each of the first four events Saturday afternoon as the Siena women's swimming and diving team coasted to a 142-61 win over Manhattan College in a MAAC meet in Loudonville. Rookie Dana Golino (New Haven Conn.) captured two victories as did sophomore Leah Serbalik (Saratoga, N.Y.) on the springboard.
The Saints took the top three spots in the first six individual events to build an insurmountable 127-16 victory. Siena swam the last three events in exhibition, yielding all their scoring to the visiting Jaspers.
Golino followed Siena's 400-medley relay triumph with a convincing win in the 1000-yard freestyle. Classmate Kristine Robinson touched out teammate Marta Kroll in the ensuing 200-free and rookie Kaitlin Krause followed with a victory in the 50-free sprint. California native Shana Allen added to the Saints' fresh success with a narrow victory over Debra Tagliaferro in the 200-yard individual medley.
After Serbalik earned an easy win in the 1-M Diving, freshman Erica Strein became the fifth Siena freshman to earn top honors winning the 100-yard butterfly. Defending MAAC MVP Kelly Pangburn swam the 100-yard freestyle in 56:09 to add to Siena's long list of highlights.
Sophomore Christi Hunter was Siena's other winner and Golino's second win came in the 500-yard freestyle. Serbalik took the 3M springboard with a score of 269.25. Robinson finished the individual event with a first place showing in exhibition in 100-yard breaststroke.
The Saints return to action in two weeks at Canisius. The meet will begin at noon.