LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall College athletics have been around for a long time - with the first intercollegiate athletic event of record being a baseball game that occurred in 1877.
Throughout the years, many records were set by talented Diplomat student-athletes. Some of those records have either stood the test of time or have set the bar so high, that they are unlikely ever to be broken.
Throughout July, we'll take a look at a handful of those impressive individual feats and compile a top-10 unbreakable records list for both men's and women's sports.
Many incredible, difficult-to-top feats will be left out from this list. However, the hope is to shine on a light on the records that stand out the most in the F&M history books as we count down our favorites.
Women's Sports - No.'s 10-6
No. 10 - Meghan Godorov '06 - Volleyball - 2,181 Career Digs
Competing as a libero/outside hitter throughout her F&M career, Godorov racked up digs, finishing her four-year stint with a program-record of 2,181. The total is staggering, as the next-closest on the F&M list is more than 500 digs behind in second. Godorov's digs mark is also third all-time among CC leaders.
She also holds three of the top-five highest single-season digs totals for F&M volleyball players, including a record 654 through 101 sets in 2003.
No. 9 - Vicki Jiranek '94 - Women's Tennis - 87 Career Wins
A record setter in every sense of the word, Jiranek set the bar for every women's tennis player at F&M as the most victorious player in school history with 87 career wins. She holds the record by eight victories, and no player has eclipsed more than 74 since the 2000 season.
Plenty of postseason play helped contribute to her lofty win total as Jiranek competed in two NCAA Championship Tournaments, and is one of just four players in CC history to advance to the Singles Quarterfinals.
No. 8 - Susan Pape '82 - Softball - 0.39 ERA - 1981 Season
Former softball pitching star Susan Pape produced a 16-3 record from the circle during her junior season in 1981, striking out 95 batters to lead the Diplomats to a 22-4 record - the highest single-season win percentage in program history.
However, what is most impressive about her standout campaign was that Pape surrendered just 11 earned runs in 198 innings pitched for a 0.39 season ERA - a mind-boggling accomplishment considering that only one other Diplomat pitcher has tossed more than 150 innings in a season or have accumulated an ERA below 1.00 with a minimum of 30 innings pitched.
No. 7 - Krystle Satrum '04 – Women's Swimming - 2:00.85 - 200-Yard Backstroke
Satrum graduated F&M in 2004 with two individual program records and one relay record - two of which still stand more than a decade later. However, her time of 2:00.85 in the 200-yard backstroke, set at the 2004 NCAA Championships stands out above the rest.
The time is more than four seconds better than the next-closest F&M mark and is the Centennial Conference (CC) record by nearly two seconds. Her time at in the event set an NCAA Championships record as well, which stood until the 2006 season.
No. 6 - Sue Bowen '80 - Field Hockey - 7 Goals vs. Albright (Oct. 2, 1979)
Bowen's senior year in 1979 featured plenty of historical achievements as she set the then single-season program record for goals in a season with 26, leading the Diplomats to the NCAA Division III Championship game.
What stands out for this list were her efforts on Oct. 2nd when Bowen poured in a school-record seven goals in an 8-0 route of Albright on the road. No other student-athlete in F&M history has come close to topping that feat, as the next-closest mark features a six-way tie with four goals in a single contest.