DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Megan Lasto (Orange) was the only swimmer to win as many as three individual events – setting a program record in the 200 yard breaststroke in the process – when Eastern Connecticut State University placed fourth among seven teams at the 18th Little East Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Tripp Athletic Center pool.
Megan Lasto, last year's LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, won the 200 breaststroke in a program record time of 2:28.39, captured the 400 individual medley (4:45.78) and shared first place in the 50 freestyle (25.06). Her time in the 50 freestyle was the second-fastest in program history, only behind record-holder Amanda Rivers (24.48).
The only swimmer to win more than one of the 12 individual swimming events other than Megan Lasto was Keene State College junior Sophie Hayes, who won the 100 and 200 yard butterfly. The Owls won their 13 straight title, easily outdistancing runner-up Massachusetts Dartmouth, 535-281.5.
First and second-place finishers in the 12 individual, two relays and two diving events are accorded All-LEC recognition. The winners are named first-team and second-place finishers second team.
Megan Lasto, also named All-LEC by swimming the second leg of the second-place 200 medley relay, achieved All-LEC status four times last year by winning the 200 individual medley and placing second in the 200 butterfly and 200 breaststroke and with the 200 medley relay.
Saturday, senior Mollee Lasto (Orange) repeated as champion of the 100 backstroke (1:01.39) and also earned second-team All-LEC honors with the 200 medley relay and in the 500 freestyle (5:42.43), where she was seeded sixth. She finished her career by earning All-LEC recognition eight times in four years.
Sophomore Maggie Lasto (Orange) earned three second-place finishes in the 1000 freestyle (11:25.42) as the No. 6 seed, in the 400 individual medley (4:49.63) behind twin sister Megan, and with the 200 medley relay. As a freshman, she gained All-LEC status four times.
Also swimming to All-LEC honors was sophomore Amanda Mitchell (Rocky Hill), who swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay.
Eleven of the team's 12 swimmers swam their fastest times of the season in at least two events, with ten swimmers establishing at least one personal record. Freshman Vanessa Streb (Warwick, RI) posted personal bests in all three of her individal events: the 100 breaststroke (1:43.73), 50 (34.30) and 100 (1:22.26) freestyle. Establishing two personal records each were Maggie and Megan Lasto, Mitchell, juniors Callan Veltheim (New London) and Lauryn Smith (Colchester), and freshmen Emma Conquest (Middletown) and Elisabeth Graves (Norwich).
After placing second in the competition for nine straight years, Eastern repeated its fourth-place finish this year.
Eastern closes out the season at the NEISDA Championships Feb. 21-24 at MIT.