Destin Lasco Comes Within .01 of Michael Andrew’s 100 Back 13-14 NAG


It’s been a good day for America’s backstroke youth.

First, Regan Smith pummeled a certain Missy Franklin’s 13-14 NAG record in the 100 back, posting a 1:00.31 and slicing almost two full tenths off of what Franklin went back in 2009.

Minutes later, Destin Lasco, who’s broken many-a-NAG-record in his young career, came within a hundredth of the boys’ 13-14 NAG record, which is held by Michael Andrew.

Split comparison

  • Andrew, 2014: 27.97/28.86 (56.83)
  • Lasco, 2016: 28.06/28.78 (56.84)

That’s a huge time drop for Lasco, who previously sat at #13 on the 13-14 list with a 58.34– he lopped exactly 1.5 seconds off of his old best time.

U.S. 13-14 100 back rankings

  1. Michael Andrew 56.83
  2. Destin Lasco 56.84
  3. Benjamin Ho 57.39
  4. Vinny Marciano 57.46
  5. Ryan Murphy 57.76

Of note, world record holder Aaron Peirsol holds the 7th fastest time in the 13-14 age group (57.99) from 1998.

Lasco qualified for a B final appearance at the U.S. Open with his time this morning, and will be gunning for that NAG record in finals tonight.

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Justin Thompson

Wow, hopefully he can snag that record tonight.


If he wipes out that record people might forget Michael Andrew was ever a top notch backstroker.


Doesn’t he turn 15 in early August? Did he start the meet as a 14 year old?


Congrats Destin Lasco!
It makes me happy that a swimmer I have been following for several years is breaking one of Michael Andrew’s legendary records.

You will be legendary too in 2020 Tokyo!

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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