NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – In the pre-season, head coach Maureen Fahey pointed out that Megan Lasto (Orange) had set the bar very high as a freshman, when she won numerous honors at the institutional, conference and regional levels. The head coach also indicated that Lasto would be up for the new challenge of her sophomore season.
Through three meets this year, Lasto has proven that she is.
Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Louise Goodrum Invitational, Megan won four individual events and was second in a fifth and swam a leg of a winning relay in the non-scoring meet which featured ten participating teams and events with upwards of 50 participants.
After winning the Saint Joseph Pentathlon and all three of her individual events at Bridgewater last weekend, Megan won the 50 (28.09) and 100 (1:03.05) butterfly, the 50 freestyle (25.89) and 100 individual medley (1:05.06) and swam anchor on the winning 200 freestyle relay Saturday, and was also second by .35 in the 100 breaststroke. She also swam a leg of the 200 medley relay which was third (1:59.69). Megan won the 50 freestyle in a field of 68 competitors, the 100 IM in a field of 55 and the 50 butterfly in a field of 48.
Lastos were the first Eastern swimmers to touch the wall in ten of 11 individual events. In addition to Megan, senior Mollee Lasto (Orange) was second overall in the 50 (29.96) and second overall in the 100 (1:06.28) backstroke, and Megan's twin sister, Maggie Lasto (Orange), was sixth in the 200 (2:09.87), fourth in the 500 (5:48.63) and ninth in the 100 (1:00.96) freestyle.
Freshman Elisabeth Graves (Norwich) was first for Eastern at the finish (24th overall) in the 50 breaststroke (39.32).
The Lasto sisters also competed in both relays, with senior Jessica Bielefield (Torrington) rounding out both relays.
Eastern opens its home season Saturday against Rhode Island College.