DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- With second-place finishes, sophomore Mollee Lasto (Orange) earned All-Little East Conference recognition in the 100 yard backstroke and with the 200 medley relay and senior co-captain Natalie Stepniewski (East Haven) in the 200 butterfly Saturday at the 16th Annual LEC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Tripp Athletic Center pool on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Eastern placed second in the meet for the ninth straight year behind Keene State, which has won the last 11 championships.
Lasto and classmates Amber Albe (Wallingford) and Hayley Mangan (Manchester) repeated All-LEC honors with the 200 medley relay and were joined on the relay this year by sophomore Carly Mangan (Manchester). The relay was timed in 1:55.47, less than a second off the winning pace.
Lasto was timed in 1:02.01 in the 100 backstroke, just .31 off the winning time, while Stepniewski was clocked in 2:24.91 in the 200 butterfly. It was the fourth time that Stepniewski has earned All-LEC honors in her career.
Eastern's 15 swimmers combined to swim their fastest times in individual events this year a total of 32 times in 14 individual events.
Eastern closes out the season Feb. 16-19 at the NEISDA Championships at the University of Rhode Island.
Little East Conference
Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
at Dartmouth, MA
1.Keene State College 557; 2. EASTERN CONN. 288; 3. Massachusetts Dartmouth 240; 4. Westfield State U. 195; 5. Western Conn. 123; 6. Plymouth State U. 76; 7. Rhode Island College 58