Destin Lasco was Only Swimming 2 Yards Practices per Week While Tapering for NCAAs


In the absence of Leon Marchand in the 200 IM, American record holder Destin Lasco took full advantage, hitting the wall in a personal best, a new American record (1:37.91), and earning an NCAA title.

Lasco was one of 4 Cal Olympic hopefuls who opted to skip the Pac-12 Championships earlier this month to compete at the Westmont Pro Swim to get long-course race reps in.

After Westmont, that same group went straight to the Olympic Training Center to prepare for NCAAs. That prep included only swimming yards practices 2x per week. Coming from the OTC to NCAAs at Indianapolis has obviously worked well for the group that has now won a relay and an individual title after 2 days of competition.

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Ray F
16 days ago

So much for attending classes. We would never have gotten away with this when I was in college swimming. Not sure how they get away with this.

20 days ago

MA saw this and was like maybe I need to shorten my workouts…

Tommy B
20 days ago

I see the commitment to the sport, time spent training and choosing meets and training venues(OTC) how do you reconcile the academic requirements. You can say, there is remote learning, but there is always a lab or research paper to be done. So what mayor are these awesome swimmers studying, that allow such flexibility?

Reply to  Tommy B
20 days ago

According to Cal’s website, Destin’s major is Business Administration.

Reply to  Adrian
20 days ago

that’s a tough one to get into! back when I was in college (not very long ago), I recall Haas having like a 40% acceptance rate for continuing students

20 days ago

Please fix to “2 yard practices per week” so we all don’t get so confused! 🙂

Reply to  StuartC
20 days ago

“2 scy practices a week”

Reply to  SwimCoach
20 days ago

even better!

Beginner Swimmer at 25
20 days ago

When your trying not to ruin your taper

20 days ago

Really want to see his IM prowess translate to LCM. I feel like he has a 1:56 low in him and could run down Casas and maybe even Foster if he’s close at the 150

20 days ago

I definitely first read this headline as his workouts consisted of only 2 yards of swimming. I was like, danggg that’s a lot of underwater work.

Reply to  DMSWIM
20 days ago

I thought the exact same thing lol

20 days ago

Lasco has got to be one of the smoothest swimmers I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to see what he can do at trials and hopefully the Olympics. Such a humble guy.

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