Stadden, Lasco Repeat as Queen & King of the Pool in Cal’s Pentathlon at Cal Poly

Cal vs. Cal Poly ‘Queen and King of the Pool’ Pentathlon

Cal seniors Isabelle Stadden and Destin Lasco showed off their versatility by repeating as the “Queen and King of the Pool” at the Bears’ season-opening pentathlon at Cal Poly on Saturday.

Stadden won the 100 butterfly (53.99), 100 back (52.81), 100 free (50.65) and 100 IM (56.47) to finish with a total time of 4:38.61 across five events — nearly four seconds faster than runner-up Leah Polonsky (4:42.55). Stadden was just off her best 100 back time of 53.81 from 2021. Last year, she earned the crown in a a total time of 4:39.05.

Polonsky set lifetime bests in the 100 fly (56.00), 100 back (54.18), 100 free (51.87), and 100 IM (57.16). A junior from Israel, she swept the 200 IM (1:54.02) and 400 IM (4:05.27) at the 2023 Pac-12 Championships.

Top 5 Women’s Finishers:

1 Isabelle Stadden 4:38.61 53.99 52.81 1:04.69 50.65 56.47
2 Leah Polonsky 4:42.55 56.00 54.18 1:03.34 51.87 57.16
3 McKenna Stone 4:43.71 54.20 57.35 1:04.23 51.11 56.82
4 Jade Neser 4:48.54 57.85 58.73 1:01.26 52.71 57.99
5 Ella Mazurek 4:53.85 57.05 57.60 1:08.34 51.20 59.66

On the men’s side, Lasco won the 100 back (46.96) and 100 IM (48.60) while adding runner-up finishes in the 100 free (43.99) and 100 breast (55.63) to total 4:03.91, holding off junior Gabriel Jett (4:06.84) by a few seconds. Lasco’s winning time last year was a 4:04.23.

Jett triumphed in both the 100 fly (46.87) and 100 free (43.67) while finishing within a tenth of a second of Lasco in the 100 back (47.04). Jett clocked new personal bests in the 100 breast (59.13), 100 fly (46.87), and 100 IM (50.13).

Cal junior Jacob Soderlund had the quickest 100 breast time in the men’s field (55.28) en route to a 31st-place overall finish in 4:32.20. Soderlund was slightly faster at this meet last year as a sophomore (55.07). On the women’s side, Cal fifth year Jade Neser posted the top breast split in the field with a 1:01.26.

Cal freshman Roman Jones also impressed with a 3rd-place overall showing in 4:13.55, tallying splits of 100 fly – 49.46, 100 back – 50.48, 100 breast – 56.49, 100 free – 45.72, and 100 IM – 51.40.

Top 5 Men’s Finishers:

1 Destin Lasco 4:03.91 48.73 46.96 55.63 43.99 48.60
2 Gabriel Jett 4:06.84 46.87 47.04 59.13 43.67 50.13
3 Roman Jones 4:13.55 49.46 50.48 56.49 45.72 51.40
4 Colby Hatton 4:16.54 50.16 51.75 56.57 46.44 51.62
5 Robin Hanson 4:17.93 48.98 50.95 59.91 45.54 52.55

Cal Poly’s top finishers were junior Summer Cheng (5:04.42) and senior Sean Keegan (4:22.63), who placed 15th and 13th overall in their respective women’s and men’s standings. The Mustangs are reportedly starting their season swimming under interim head coach Tom Milich after head coach Phil Yoshida was placed on leave earlier this month.

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Mr. Saucy Pants
2 months ago

Wow, Lasco’s times are pretty lopsided. I thought he would’ve been a little bit faster in each stroke, but he’s pretty much just all backstroke… And someone help my mans Gabriel Jett with his breaststroke 😂

2 months ago

You missed Mary Ambre Moluh’s commitment! They’re building a downright scary class in Berkeley

2 months ago

Nice job by the freshman class. Go 🐻 Bears!!

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  Shall
2 months ago

That 1:09 100breast by Shackell 🙃😂🤷🏼

Chlorine son
2 months ago

Anyone know what happened to Pieter Coetze? He’s not on the roster now. If he’s not coming I think ASU is really on track to win NCAAs this year.

Spieker Pool Lap Swimmer
Reply to  Chlorine son
2 months ago

I believe he is coming in Fall ’24.

2 months ago

Did Alexy pop off?

2 months ago

Roman Jones…another Jersey boy. Get ready for greatness!

2 months ago

Has anyone ever broke 4 minutes?

Reply to  KSW
2 months ago

No, I think the meet record is Zheng Quah’s 4:02.6 from Fall of 2019

Reply to  Bobthebuilderrrocks
2 months ago

Murphy never went faster than that? Kinda surprising

Reply to  Alaverga
2 months ago

I would think Seliskar could. Let’s say 47.00, 47.00, 54.00, 44.00 48.00 brings you to 4 minutes exactly I think, which I feel Seliskar could do somewhat comfortably.

2 months ago

Cal freshmen look good early on.

I thought Liam Bell was swimming this year? Cal might be out of a 50/51 breaststroker, Lasco might need to slot in there haha

Reply to  Bobthebuilderrrocks
2 months ago

He’s on the roster, a bunch of guys didn’t swim–Jensen, Bell, Louser, Jett. Wouldn’t read too much into it, just an early season meet you probably skip if you have homework or lunch reservations or whatever.

Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

Yeah I know he’s on the roster, but I’ve noticed he always seems to miss a good number of meets throughout the course of the season.

Also, I think Jett swam this past weekend.

Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

Yeah pretty common for guys to skip this meet.

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