Destin Lasco Breaks Another NAG Record in LC

  14 Braden Keith | May 08th, 2012 | Club, Featured, News

Thanks to MitkoSwim for posting the video to YouTube

Destin Lasco of the Atlantic City Aquatic Club is quickly becoming the king of 9-10 backstroke in this country; adding to his ownership of both of the short course records, he now holds the 50 and 100 backstroke National Age Group Records in long course meters (50m) as well.

Lasco’s mark went down very early in the long course season at a meet this past weekend at the Gloucester Institute of Technology. 

In the 100 back, he swam the really impressive time of a 1:09.82, which destroyed by over a second Ryan Murphy’s 1:11.01 from back in 2006. Murphy is now a potential Olympic Trials finalist at only 16, and this time knocks him off of the 9-10 record board – he holds a backstroke NAG Record in every other age group he’s been through.

He would have also broken the National Age Group Record in the 50 backstroke, had it not been taken down just a day earlier by Vincent Marciano. Lasco swam a 32.58 in that race, whereas Marciano had already lowered the record to 32.07.

He still looks very smooth in his backstroke swimming, and even without a super-high turnover he’s clearly heads-and-tails above the rest of his age group. He is certainly tall for his age, but at just over 5 feet tall is not towering over his other competitors.  Destin will have almost a full summer to take these records even lower, as he doesn’t age up until early August.

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Charles Morton Esq.
4 years 5 months ago

Whoa whoa whoa Ryan Murphy is “now a potential Olympic finalist at only 16”?

Pump the breaks. First of all, Ryan Murphy may “now” be 16 but he will be 17 by the time the Olympics roll around. But that’s the least of our troubles. Consider the leap that Ryan will need to make in time to qualify for this summer’s olympic final.

First, he’d have to qualify for the US team. Conservatively, this will take a 53.5 or better in the 100 back. I say conservatively, because it will probably be much faster. His best time is 54.96. He would actually have to speed up his rate of improvement (on a percentage basis) to get down to 53.5.

Maybe you are thinking 200 back, but there he would face similarly steep odds with Lochte and Clary. In the 200 back, he would have to improve at a much faster rate than he has in his blistering last year to be within range of Clary.

Congrats to Destin Lasco- we could use another Peirsol instead of the pretenders we have right now.

bobo gigi
4 years 5 months ago

It’s impressive to watch. Congrats to Destin Lasco.
For Ryan Murphy I repeat he’s the future king of backstroke. It’s a little soon for him to qualify at the olympic games this year but I think he can swim this summer under 54 seconds in the 100 back and around 1.55 in the 200 back. Next year he can be in the american team for world championships and in 2016 he will be the big favorite in the 2 events.

4 years 5 months ago

Holy underwaters, batman! Not too shabby for a ten year old.

A Few Facts
4 years 5 months ago

First of all, congratulations to Destin Lasco! Those are impressive records to break. Hopefully he continues to progress and enjoy swimming.
After a bit of research I have found a few facts.
1) Ryan Murphy aged up to 11&12 in early July 2006. At Zones in August, he went 1:08.71. The 1:11.01 that he went was in an aquablade speedo at an in-season meet. Obviously at age 10, there is not much of a difference between in-season vs. championship meets, but I thought I would point this out. Nonetheless, Congrats to Destin!
2) Since Aaron Piersol, only 8 age-group swimmers (18 and under) have broken the 2:00 barrier in the 200 back: Michael Phelps, Eric Ress, Tyler Clary, Hongzhe Sun, Matt Thompson, Jacob Pebley, Jack Conger, and Ryan Murphy. That is select company. I think this shows that Jacob Pebley, Jack Conger, and Ryan Murphy are not pretenders in the backstrokes.
I agree with Bobo Gigi that Ryan Murphy very well could be looking at a 53 high and 1:55 mid this summer. No, that probably won’t make the Olympics, but it is definitely not a “PRETENDER” swim.

4 years 5 months ago

A Few Facts, I’d like to set something straight myself. Sure Ryan Murphy went 1:08 immediately after aging up but Destin has more than enough time to lower his performance under that of an 11 year old if that’s what it takes to please you. The fact that the next face of backstroke has surfaced so quickly is not to be dismissed with an internet comment as condescending as yours. It purely means the sport is getting more refined and utilizing talent more efficiently.

Support in Swimming
4 years 5 months ago

Records are made to be broken. Articles like this should be published on sites like this to celebrate the sport of swimming that we all love. Destin deserves to enjoy his success and accomplishments and he should be proud! ‘A Few Facts’ merely was responding to the first comment written above, which for some unknown reason, changed the focus from Destin. I didn’t read anything derogatory in the comment. It was an obvious response to the “pretender” excerpt. Let’s celebrate all the young swimmers who deserve our praise and encouragement and let’s wish Andrew, Conger, Lasco, Murphy, Pebley and many others a happy & successful future in the sport.

Backstroke Lover
4 years 5 months ago

I can’t believe no one is talking about Martin Zubero.

4 years 5 months ago

Great swim for the young man!! Is it me, or was he past 15 mtrs on the start?

4 years 5 months ago

video is sort of dark, but it appears close. I did not notice an official at the 15 m mark which makes it a questionable record to me.

joe swim
4 years 5 months ago

Destin is an AWESOME swimmer and an even nicer kid. Told him if he got that time I would take him to dinner with my kids and I think he was just as excited about hanging out with his friends as breaking a nag record.

4 years 5 months ago

Great swim, but isn’t he clearly past 15m off the start? I don’t want to hate on a great swim, but to me it looks obvious.

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