Thanks to Carleanne Fierro, the coach of a few NAG Record breakers of her own, for capturing this video and sharing.
12-year old Destin Lasco broke the National Age Group Record in the 11-12 boys’ 200 IM on Sunday, swimming a 2:15.33. That broke Chas Morton’s 2:15.42 set back in 1983. (Read more about the record here).
Here’s a few things we noticed about Lasco’s swim, technically:
- He has great underwaters, which lead into a really incredible backstroke breakout.
- His butterfly and backstroke look almost effortless – most obvious when we can line him up with the swimmers next to him. He gets to 100 meters before he even looks like he’s trying. We haven’t seen much footage of his butterfly before, and while it’s not a stroke likely to break many records in those events individually, it’s a perfect butterfly for an IM (he may race that event differently when it’s all butterfly).
- No fancy turn on the back to breast, just a pretty simple, but solid, touch turn.
- Lasco’s breaststroke kick isn’t yet overly powerful, but he’s got a very good rhythm (aka, a well-timed late kick) that will serve him well as he develops that lower-half strength.
- Lasco is not a very tall swimmer, but his freestyle looks like that of a much taller swimmer. A powerful back-half on his pull and a fantastic kick, even at the end of a 200 IM, contributes to that visual effect. He also has very little wasted head motion as compared to most swimmers his age, even the very good ones.