Destin Lasco Finishes 11-12 Swimming With 3rd NAG Record on the Weekend

Records are made to be broken. Some, like Cy Young’s baseball records for wins, probably won’t ever be. In swimming, we don’t have that problem – the expectation is that all swimming records as they stand now will, eventually, be broken.

Some of them, though, just take a little longer than others.

Destin Lasco, swimming on his final day in the 11-12 age group (though he’s technically already 13), has broken one of those “ancient” records with a 2:15.33 in the 200 long course meter IM on Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Zone Championships in Virginia. That breaks the 1983 record set by age group legend Chas Morton at 2:15.42.

Lasco’s splits were 30.12/32.55/42.01/30.63, and while the age of Morton’s record keeps us from having any good splits to compare Lasco to, our best educated guess is that they were probably very similar.

Now, a record book once littered with Morton’s name will be down to just four: the 11-12 100 meter fly (58.74), the 10 & under 200 yard IM (2:12.29), the 11-12 100 yard fly (51.85), and the 11-12 200 yard IM (1:56.61).

This is the 3rd National Age Group Record that Lasco has broken this weekend. On Wednesday, Lasco swam a 2:10.39 in the 200 meter backstroke and a 55.04 in the 100 meter freestyle, which are also 11-12 records. Other results from this meet:

  • 25.15 50 meter free on a 200 free relay anchor
  • 1:00.97 in the 100 meter backstroke
  • 2:02.93 in the 200 meter freestyle
  • 1:00.81 in the 100 meter backstroke on a medley relay lead-off
  • 28.63 in the 50 meter backstroke
  • 55.39 in the 100 meter freestyle on a 400 free relay anchor

Full Eastern Zone Championships results here.


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7 years ago

Nice job, Destin. Enjoy it.

bobo gigi
7 years ago

I’ve watched the race live (thanks swimutopia for the webcast).
It was close but Mr Lasco did it!
Congrats champion!
Very special talent.
Good luck now in the 13/14 category. I’m sure many other records will fall in the future.
TOKYO 2020! 😎

7 years ago

58 for 100 Meter Fly for a 12 year old may take a while to get broken.

7 years ago

Great job, Destin!!

7 years ago

Is this record for kids born in 2002/2003 or for kids at age 11/12?

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
7 years ago

11-12 year old boys all time since USA Swimming began keeping records

7 years ago


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