Women's Swimming: Warriors Post Numerous Personal-Bests in Regular-Season Finale

Recognized prior to the final regular-season and home meet of the season Saturday were seniors Autumn Sutton, Mollee Lasto and Jessica Bielefield and their families.
Recognized prior to the final regular-season and home meet of the season Saturday were seniors Autumn Sutton, Mollee Lasto and Jessica Bielefield and their families.

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – With only the Little East Conference and NEISDA meets remaining on the 2018/19 swimming calendar, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team is rounding into post-season shape.

On Seniors' Day in the final regular-season meet of the season at the Sports Center pool, swimmers posted 15 personal records and four additional fastest times this year in decisive losses to Roger Williams University (173-87) and Babson College (153-105). Roger Williams (5-3) made it a sweep with a 166-92 victory over Babson (7-9). Babson swimmers won three of the final four events to close the gap somewhat against the winning Hawks.

Eastern swimmers won four of the 12 individual events, three by sophomore Megan Lasto (Orange) and one by senior co-captain Mollee Lasto (Orange). Megan captured the 100 butterfly (1:01.25) and 200 individual medley (2:17.98) and the 100 freestyle (56.19) while Mollee claimed the 50 backstroke (29.62). Megan's time in the 100 butterfly becomes the third-fastest 100 butterfly in program history, and her time in the 100 freestyle moves her into the Top 10 all-time in that event, placing her fifth.

Lastos placed 1-2 in the 200 IM, with sophomore Maggie Lasto (Orange) following her twin sister at the finish in a time of 2:22.03.

Freshman Vanessa Streb (Warwick, RI) concluded the home season with her fastest times of the year in all three of her events: the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 butterfly. Junior Lauryn Smith (Colchester) posted the fastest times of her career in the 50 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. Sophomore Amanda Mitchell (Rocky Hill) collected two personal-bests in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle and also swam her fastest time of this season in the 50 butterfly.

Additional personal-best times were turned in by junior Callan Veltheim (New London) in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle (she also swam her best time this year in the 200 IM), and freshman Elisabeth Graves (Norwich) in the 50 and 100 backstroke. Maggie Lasto's time in the 200 IM was her best of this year and her time in the 100 breaststroke was the fastest of her two-year career.

On Seniors' Day, Mollee Lasto posted the fastest time of her career in the 50 freestyle, and senior Autumn Sutton (Norwich) recorded her best time of 2018/19 in the 100 backstroke.

Eastern concludes its 23rd season under head coach Maureen Fahey with a 4-4 record in dual meets, with Saturday's losses ending a run of four straight dual meet victories.

The Warriors compete at the Little East Conference Champions at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Feb. 9 before wrapping up the season with the most important meet of the season at the NEISDA Championships Feb. 21-24 at MIT.