New Jersey is the king of 10 & under backstrokers right now, as the state is home to two of the best we’ve ever seen at that age, now with a second swimmer taking down National Age Group Records.
Just a day before Destin Lasco swam a 32.58 on May 5th, Vincent Marciano of the Morris County Swim Club snuck in first and took the record down first to a 32.53 in prelims, and then to a 32.07 in finals. Those swims both took down the old Michael Andrew standard of 32.72 that was set in 2010.
So what’s in the water in New Jersey? Whatever it is, it seems to be a widespread problem – the pair has not yet had a chance to race head-to-head. That’s partially due to Lasco’s Atlantic City Aquatic Club is located in the southern end of the state and swims in the Middle Atlantic LSC, whereas Marciano’s club is in the northern end of the state, near New York, and swims in the New Jersey LSC.
We may not get to see one either, at least as 10 & unders. Lasco ages up on August 7th, the day before the Eastern Zone Age Group Championships.
In that same meet, Marciano also swam a 1:11.06 in the 100 back, which makes him the third-fastest in that race in the age group’s history, behind only Lasco and Ryan Murphy.