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.