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Women's Swimming: Warriors Win Ten of 12 Individual Events to Down Saint Joseph

Women's Swimming: Warriors Win Ten of 12 Individual Events to Down Saint Joseph

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Sisters Mollee Lasto (Orange) and Megan Lasto (Orange) each swept their three events as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team  returned from a seven-week absence from official competition to defeat the University of Saint Joseph for the 37th straight time in dual-meet competition, 149-125 Tuesday evening at the Bruyette Natatorium.

The loss for Saint Joseph (4-2) was its first in four outings against Little East Conference competition. Eastern (4-2) has won its last four dual meets. The Warriors captured ten of 12 individual events and one of two relays in improving their all-time record against USMJ in dual meets to 38-1.

Mollee Lasto, a senior co-captain, won the 50 and 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley and Megan, a sophomore, was first in the 50 and 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle. Sophomore Maggie Lasto (Orange) won the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle and was second in the 100 freestyle in a season-best time of 58.86.

Other first were recorded by senior co-captain Jessica Bielefield (Torrington) and sophomore Amanda Mitchell (Rocky Hill). Bielefield touched first in the 1000 freestyle (and was second in the 500 freestyle) and Mitchell took the 50 butterfly in her fastest time of the season (30.35).

Eastern kicked off the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. Swimmers were Mollee Lasto, Megan Lasto, Mitchell and Maggie Lasto.

Others swimming their fastest times of the year were Bielefield in the 100 freestyle (1:04.14), freshman Vanessa Streb (Warwick, RI) in the 50 breaststroke (49.92) and 100 breaststroke (1:53.94), senior Autumn Sutton (Lebanon) in the 50 backstroke (36.59), juniors Lauryn Smith (Colchester) in the 50 breaststroke (39.57) and Callan Veltheim (New London) in the 200 freestyle (2:26.04), and Mollee Lasto in the 200 individual medley (2:25.16).

Eastern closes out the regular season at home Saturday, hosting Roger Williams University and Babson College at noon before competing in the Little East Conference Championships Ffeb. 9 and the NEISDA Championships Feb. 21-24.