LINWOOD — Getting an extra push due to strong competition, Mainland Regional High School swimmer Destin Lasco broke two more National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association records on Friday.
Lasco set NISCA national marks in the 200-meter individual medley and in the 100 backstroke as Mainland, the No. 1 team in The Press Elite 11, topped previously unbeaten Egg Harbor Township 113-57. EHT is No. 4 in the Elite 11.
Lasco, a sophomore, won the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 0.14 seconds beating his own NISCA mark of 2:02.14 from January 17, 2017. He returned to set a new NISCA record of 53.28 seconds in the 100 backstroke, beating the old mark of 53.94 by Kyle Owens of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Nov. 21, 2008.
Lasco now holds, individually or as part of a relay, seven national records. Mainland, led by Lasco, holds all three NISCA relay records in meters, and he individually also owns the 100 and 400 freestyle marks in meters.
“When Destin puts his mind to it, he can break a record at any time,” Mainland Regional boys swimming coach Brian Booth said. “Egg Harbor Township has great swimmers, and that helped Destin to have a great day.”
Mainland, the two-time defending state Public B champion, took first place in every race except one and improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference. Egg Harbor Township is now 4-1 overall and in the conference.
“I’m definitely happy to get the backstroke record because it’s my favorite stroke,” said Lasco, a 16-year-old Linwood resident. “I missed getting it last year. It was my goal to break it this year, so to get it gives me a sense of fulfillment.
“I’m so happy for all my teammates (with the team win). Egg Harbor Township is a really good team with a ton of depth. That’s why we went so hard today. We’re not overlooking any opponents.”
Lasco won the the 200 IM by more than 15 seconds.
“It would have been great to get a 1:59, but I was happy,” Lasco said. “My main goal in the butterfly (the first leg of the IM) was to keep the tempo, and then work hard in the backstroke. The breaststroke (the third leg) is my weakest stroke so I had to go as fast as possible. The freestyle brought it home.”
Glenn Lasco, Destin’s senior brother, broke his own school record in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:53.46. His old mark was 1:53.93. Glenn Lasco also won the 100 butterfly in 57.44. Teammate Joe Rogers took the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and Mainland also finished second and third in those events to win them 13-3.
Mainland’s Erik Truong captured the 100 breaststroke by more than five seconds in 1:06.28. Truong, Nick DiNofrio and Brett Clauhs each had two relay wins.
“We were expecting a close meet,” Booth said. “A lot from the two teams swim in clubs together, and that brings out the best in everyone. We knew it would be one of our big challenges, and I was excited that the team was excited.”
EHT’s Joey Tepper won the 400 freestyle by more than two lengths in 4:13.12.
“Mainland is a great team. Their outside lane swimmers can beat some of the stars from other teams,” EHT boys swimming coach Mark Jamieson said. “Meeting teams like them, Moorestown (at EHT on Jan 17) and St. Augustine (away on Jan. 25) will help us to step up to the competition.”
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200 Medley Relay—(Destin Lasco, Erik Truong, Joe Rogers, Nick DiNofrio) M 1:47.43; 200 Freestyle—Glenn Lasco M 1:53.46; 200 IM—D. Lasco M 2:00.14; 50 Freestyle—Rogers M 23.61; 100 Butterfly—G. Lasco M 57.44; 100 Freestyle—Rogers M 52.49; 400 Freestyle—Joey Tepper E 4:13.12; 200 Freestyle Relay—(DiNofrio, Truong, Brett Clauhs, G. Lasco) 1:39.15; 100 Backstroke—D. Lasco M 53.28; 100 Breaststroke—Truong M 1:06.28; 400 Freestyle Relay—(Rogers, Clauhs, D. Lasco, G. Lasco) M 3:31.81.
Records—Mainland 7-0; EHT 4-1.