Krystle Satrum graduated Franklin & Marshall as the most successful swimmer in the program’s history on both the local and national level. She was a three-time National Champion in the 200-backstroke and a six-time All-American in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. Of the four National Championships earned by Franklin & Marshall swimmers in the past 42 seasons, three of them were captured by Satrum. She not only broke school and conference records, she shattered them.
In addition to her individual success, she was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that established a school record that still remains unsurpassed. During her four years, the swim team prevailed in 21-of-28 dual meets. Satrum is the only swimmer in school history to have been selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player in each of her four seasons. As Co-Captain of the squad her senior season, the 2004 Diplomats posted an 11-1 dual meet record, which still stands as the finest in program history. Unquestionably, one of the highlights of this magical 2004 season was a perfect 7-0 Centennial Conference record, including the school’s 129-86 victory over Gettysburg. The route of Gettysburg was the Diplomats’ first victory over the Bullets in the 30-year history of the series. The 2004 season was the first conference championship captured by the Diplomats.
Ten years after her final days as a member of the Diplomat swim team, Satrum’s name still can be found as the all-time record holder for the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard backstroke and the 400 medley relay team. She was the national Division III record holder in the 200-yard backstroke from 2002-06. She remains to this day as the only three-time National Champion in the program’s history and is one of a very small handful of Diplomat athletes who can boast of being a six-time All-American. It certainly came as no surprise, in the spring of 2004 when the prestigious Michael Karvasales 35’ award, representing the Woman Senior Athlete of the Year was bestowed upon Krystale Satrum.
She is currently living in Pasadena, Calif. and is the Assistant Curator of Prints & Ephemera at the Huntington Library in Santa Monica.