Destin Lasco takes down 11-12 400 IM NAG at Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics

After a couple of close calls early in the meet, 12-year-old Destin Lasco broke through with a National Age Group record in the 400 IM on Saturday night of the Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics.

Lasco went 4:51.03 during a timed final at the Gloucester Institute of Technology to take a little more than a second off of the NAG, set just last year by Yezan Alsader. Alsader had gone 4:52.24.

That accounts for a 10+ second drop for Lasco, whose top time coming into the meet was 5:01.10 swum back in June. He swims for Pleasantville Aquatics under head coach Dimitar Petrov.

Lasco had been on a NAG record hunt earlier on in the meet, but missed the 200 IM and 100 back records by mere tenths. Here’s a look at his times so far:

  • 100 back: 1:00.52, NAG: Vinny Marciano, 1:00.33
  • 200 IM: 2:15.79, NAG: Chas Morton, 2:15.42

Tonight, Lasco was on the money, though, taking his first long course NAG in the 11-12 division. Lasco has broken both short course records in the age group, and still owns the 200 back. He’ll have a shot to take that long course mark down on Sunday.

Here’s a quick look at his splits from tonight:

  • Fly: 1:07.64 (31.18/36.46)
  • Back: 1:13.03 (36.84/36.19)
  • Breast: 1:26.62 (43.08/43.59)
  • Free: 1:03.74 (33.00/30.74)

Though Lasco is mostly known as a backstroker, it’s that freestyle split, particularly the final 50, that will really stand out in this race. He was also a quick 1:13.0 on backstroke with a pretty solid opening butterfly leg as well.

Full results of the meet are available here.

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6 years ago

31.18 1:07.64 (36.46)
1:44.48 (36.84) 2:20.67 (36.19)
3:03.75 (43.08) 3:47.29 (43.54)
4:20.29 (33.00) 4:51.03 (30.74)

That last 50 is insanely good. All in all a beautiful swim, congrats to Destin!

6 years ago

I guess Bobo Gigi will be happy.

bobo gigi
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6 years ago

He’s very happy and he hopes to watch the race video very quickly. 🙂
Always a pure pleasure for the eyes to watch this youngster in the water.
He’s an artist.

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6 years ago

It’s funny how Vinny Marciano and Destin Lasco alway have their JO meets at the same time. It’s almost like they’re trying to one-up each other.
Vinny by the way has gone best times in every event so far. that includes:
200 back, 2:12
100 free, 54.49
200 free, 2:00.0
400 free, 4:20
100 fly, 1:01.5
He’s putting himself in a good position to chase some more records next year. He’s got the 50 free, 100 back, and 200 IM tomorrow.

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