16 year-old Destin Lasco of Pleasantville Aquatics set a new National Age Group record in the 100 yard backstroke tonight at the Middle Atlantic Senior Championships in York, PA. Lasco’s time of 45.93 broke the previous record of 46.65, set by Michael Thomas back in 2014.
Thomas, 2014: 22.70/23.95
Lasco, 2018: 22.61/23.32
Video courtesy of Dimitar Petrov
Note: the YouTube video says that Lasco’s time was a 46.93, but a photograph we received of the official results, as well as Meet Mobile, confirm that the time was a 45.93.
Lasco went out just a bit under Thomas’s record pace, but really hammered it on the home on the back half of the race, where he was over six-tenths of a second faster. Thomas was our #3 recruit in the high school boys class of 2015, and he just wrapped up his junior season for the California Golden Bears, who he helped lead to a 2nd-place finishing at last week’s NCAA Championships.
Tonight’s 100 back was not Lasco’s only fast swim of the week. He’s set personal bests in the 100 breast (from 58.56 to 55.90) and the 400 IM (from 4:01.53 to 3:48.22) and anchored Pleasantville’s winning 400 free relay in 42.95. He also swam the 500 free tonight about 25 minutes after swimming the 100 back, finishing in 2nd, just a few seconds off of his best time.
Lasco’s 100 back time tonight not only would’ve qualified him for the men’s NCAA Division I championships, but it actually would’ve put him tied for 16th in prelims, making Lasco one of the rare 16 year-old boys who already has NCAA scoring times.
He’s slated to swim the 200 back, 100 free, and 200 IM tomorrow. The 200 back NAG record is probably the one that is in most danger, as Lasco’s best time of 1:41.97 is only a second shy of the record time of 1:40.90, set by Ryan Murphy back in 2011, and Lasco knocked eight-tenths of a second off his best time today en route to setting the NAG record in the 100 back.