Destin Lasco Swims Best Time of 1:40.77 in 200 Yard Back at Holiday Classic

2019 Eastern Express Holiday Classic XXXIII

18-year old Destin Lasco of the PDR Swimming for Success team broke 6 Meet Records this weekend at the 33rd annual Eastern Express Holiday Classic meet on the Rutgers campus. That included a 1:40.77 in the 200 yard backstroke.

That swim knocked exactly 1 second off his previous best time in the event, which was done in March of 2018, and moves him from 30th in 17-18 age group history to 9th. The swim also beat the Pool Record – although Rutgers cut its men’s swimming program in 2006, so there aren’t many big collegiate men’s meets in the pool.


Destin Lasco‘s other Holiday Classic Results (25 yard pool/SCY) – All Meet Records:

  • 100 free – 43.55
  • 200 free – 1:35.42
  • 100 back – 47.10
  • 200 back – 1:40.77
  • 100 breast – 54.00
  • 200 fly – 1:45.42

His times in the 200 back (-1.00 seconds), 100 breast (-1.90 seconds), and 200 fly (-7.58 seconds) were all lifetime bests.

Lasco, a high school senior, US Junior National Team member, and Cal commit, hit his taper a little better here than he did at last week’s U.S. Open meet, where he didn’t swim the 200 backstroke, nor did he swim any lifetime bests in 5 races.

Destin Lasco‘s U.S. Open Results (50 meter pool/LCM):

  • 50 free – 23.8
  • 200 IM – 2:02.4
  • 200 free – 1:52.1
  • 100 back – 57.6
  • 100 free – 50.7

A handful of other Meet Records were broken over the weekend. That includes 3 records in the 11-12 age group from Chloe Kim of Scarlet Aquatics: 1:54.35 in the 200 free, 5:04.78 in the 500 free, 2:08.40 in the 200 IM, and 4:31.13 in the 400 IM.

Other Individual Meet Record Breakers:

  • Anna Moesch of Streamline Aquatics Club broke the 13-14 Meet Records in both the 50 free (23.11) and 100 free (49.73). She also won the 200 free, albeit not in a Meet Record, in 1:51.21. That 50 free tied her personal best, while the 100 and 200 free times were new lifetime bests by a wide margin – including over a 5 second improvement in the 200 free.
  • Denise Phelan won the 100 breaststroke in a Meet Record of 1:01.37, which is a new Meet Record in the open-age group. The 15-year old is also the Meet Record holder in this event in the 13-14 age group, with a 1:04.41 done last season.
  • Kenneth Barnicle from the Somerset Hills YMCA won the boys’ 11-12 100 back in 56.30 in a new Meet Record for his age group of 56.30.
  • Richard Poplawski won the boys’ 13-14 200 IM in 1:54.69. That’s a new record in his age group, and he’s only 13. It also gives him a USA Swimming Futures Championship cut.

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longhorn fan
1 year ago

Cooper Lucas went 4:26.50 for #2 all-time in 13-14. 15:19.78 for #3, and 3:52.97 for #5 all time At winter juniors

1 year ago

Man he’s got to have one killer 200 IM in him. Should be fun to watch how he gets developed at Cal

1 year ago

I am really happy that he continues to get faster. You never want to see someone peak early or leave the sport when they don’t hit the expectations set by random commenters on a swim website like me. Great swim!

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