HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Peter Gallino earns weekly honor, competes well at SCSU with brother David

P. Gallino (Marist athletics)

Marist men’s swimming and diving senior co-captain Peter Gallino was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Diver of the Week after strong efforts against Boston College and Binghamton on Jan. 11 and 12.
Gallino won the one-meter and three-meter diving events against BC and Binghamton. On Saturday, Peter and sophomore brother David Gallino returned home to Connecticut with the Red Foxes to face Southern Connecticut State University. Marist won 178-118 over SCSU, and both Gallinos set personal bests in the three-meter diving event. Peter Gallino finished first in the event and David was third. Teammate Raislan Aiken finished second.

D. Gallino (Marist athletics)

Peter Gallino, Aiken and David Gallino also finished 1-2-3 in one-meter diving.
In three-meter diving, Peter Gallino scored 369.98 points while David Gallino had 250.58. 
For David Gallino, the meet was a homecoming of a different sort. David competed for SCSU as a freshman before transferring to Marist. David was Diver of the Meet at the Northeast-10 Championships as a freshman at SCSU.
The Gallinos were standout divers at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury. They are natives of Watertown.
Marist improved to 9-1 with the win over SCSU.

Dantino (SCSU athletics)

Drew Dantino, Southern Connecticut State University
men’s swimming and diving

At that same Marist meet was former SHHS Heart Dantino, a junior with the Owls.
Dantino swam in the 200-yard medley relay for SCSU and helped that team finish second. He combined with Tyler Castellone, Bryce Murad and Leonardo LaPorte to complete the relay in a time of 1:37.72.
At Sacred Heart, Dantino was a senior co-captain, and he made All-NVL and All-State in that season. He was also part of the state championship 400 free relay.

Bradford (New Haven athletics)

Briana Bradford, University of New Haven women’s basketball volunteer coach
The former Holy Cross and University of New Haven standout has taken a seat on LaTonya Watson’s bench as a volunteer assistant coach.
Bradford is pursuing her Master’s in Psychology, according to the early employment help website WayUp. As a player, Bradford finished second in program history in 3-pointers made, along with third place spots in free throw makes and free throw percentage. She was the University of New Haven Female Athlete of the Year and women’s basketball MVP as a senior. Bradford also showed her versatility off the court, earning College Sports Information Directors Association Third-Team Academic All-American honors.
Bradford averaged 18.8 points per game as a senior, and she scored in double figures in each contest. She was one of eight players in all of Division II to score in double figures in every game. Bradford earned Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team accolades, and was also named Second Team All-East Region from the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association.
Bradford was named the Naugatuck Valley League’s Most Outstanding Senior while playing for Holy Cross.

Rodriguez (WCSU athletics)

Eli Rodriguez, Western Connecticut State University
men’s basketball

The Colonials have won three straight games, and the former Bristol Eastern standout has been right in the middle of it.
Rodriguez, a junior, scored 17 points in an 81-65 win over UMass-Boston on Jan. 13, which was Alumni Day. That was the first double-figure scoring effort for Rodriguez this season. After a nine-point effort in a 78-70 win over Rhode Island College on Jan. 18, Rodriguez tallied 10 points in a 65-56 win at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday.
Rodriguez has started all 16 games for WCSU. He played at least 31 minutes in the three-game winning streak, including a tie for his season-high 34 against both UMass-Boston and RIC.
For the season, Rodriguez is averaging 5.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He is a 70 percent foul shooter.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.