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Student News – 12/11/15


Eastern Connecticut State University’s Mollee Lasto Named Little East Conference Rookie Swimmer-Of-The-Week

Willimantic, CT—Mollee Lasto ’19, of Orange majoring in Health Sciences, was named Little East Conference Rookie Swimmer-of-the-Week for the second time in five weekly reports. Lasto won three events – swimming personal-best times in two of them—as Eastern defeated Plymouth State and host Western New England in a tri-match Saturday afternoon, November 21. Lasto won the 50 (30.18) and 200 (2:19.84) backstroke in personal-best times and also captured the 200 individual medley (2:24.81) as three freshman combined to win six individual events. Saturday, she won the 50 backstroke by nearly two seconds, 200 backstroke by nearly eight seconds, and 200 IM by over seven seconds.

Lasto was previously tabbed Rookie-of-the-Week in the second report of the year through November 1 after winning the University of Saint Joseph (CT) Blue Jay Pentathlon. Through six meets, Lasto has won the 50 backstroke twice and the 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 individual medley, and 200 freestyle once each, and has been second in the 100 freestyle (among 45 competitors) and 100 butterfly once (among 35 competitors). She won the 100 backstroke in a field of 44 participants and the 100 individual medley in a field of 35 at the USJ Pentathlon. Lasto has posted the fastest times on the team in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. The Eastern swim team competes in the Connecticut Cup Dec. 5 at Wesleyan University at 10 a.m.


Sean Gallagher Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Baton Rouge, LA—Sean Gallagher of Orange, Conn., was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Gallagher was initiated at MCPHS University. Gallagher is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.


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