WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Sophomores Hayley Mangan (Manchester) and Mollee Lasto (Orange) combined to win seven events as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team won its home-opener, 125-64, over Rhode Island College Saturday morning at the Sports Center pool.
Eastern (3-1) won ten of 12 individual events and both relays.
Mangan won the 50 (29.82) and 100 butterfly (1:06.93) and 100 freestyle (1:02.71) and Lasto the 400 individual medley (5:09.99), 50 freestyle (27.55), 100 backstroke (1:06.56) and 100 individual medley (1:07.78). Mangan also swam the backstroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay and Lasto the final leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay.
Additional individual winners were seniors Sam Pimer (Northford) and Natalie Stepniewski (East Haven) and junior Bridgett Furlong (Mansfield). Pimer took the 50 backstroke with a time of 32.84 which was just off her season best of 32.41; Stepniewski the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:50.35 which was just off her season best of 5:49.75 set Friday night at Western Connecticut and Furlong outdistanced the field with a season-best clocking of 2:12.62 in the 200 freestyle.
Junior Sydney Curran (North Kingstown, RI), who was fifth in the season-opening USJ Pentathlon October 28, swam to Rhode Island College's two victories in the 50 (33.81) and 100 (1:15.74) breaststroke.
Eastern hosts Western New England University and Plymouth State University Saturday at 1 p.m.