DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP — The Mainland Regional High School boys swimming team has continually proven that it’s an unstoppable powerhouse, capturing the South Jersey Public Group B title for the last three seasons.
The top-seeded Mustangs looked to continue their dominance against No. 2 Moorestown on Wednesday in this year’s Group B final at Gloucester County Institute of Technology. The Quakers upset Mainland in the final round in 2014.
In this sectional rematch from four years ago, the Mustangs’ dominated with a 119-51 victory, taking each and every race.
“I always say to try and beat the team that beat you before,” Mainland coach Brian Booth said. “It’s always good to beat Moorestown, they are one of the best in the state.”
But Booth did not expect the meet to be that lopsided.
“Sometimes when we start, and start to get the ball rolling, we just swim really good,” he said.
The Mustangs’ Destin Lasco had an impressive outing, winning two individual and two team races. Even more astonishing, the sophomore won the 100 backstroke in a blazing 47.60 seconds.
“I trained very hard for it,” Destin Lasco said. “I just had to go for it. It was a good race.”
Destin Lasco was surprised when he looked up and saw his time on the scoreboard.
“Basically, today, I went into the event and just stayed calm,” Destin Lasco said. “I focused on the competition.”
Destin Lasco also won the 200 individual medley in 1:48.06 and swam a leg in both the 200 medley (1:37.43) and the 400 freestyle relays (3:14.46).
“No matter what he swims, he’s incredibly fast,” Booth said. “It’s good as a coach to have an ace in your back pocket.”
Mainland’s Joey Rogers also swam a leg in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. The senior won the 50 freestyle (21.42) and the 100 freestyle (47.05), leading his team to a fourth consecutive sectional title.
“Every win is different and every year is different,” Rogers said. “But there’s still that special feeling. It was nice to pull out the win and see some good times.”
Rogers said his team was confident and, as a senior, he wanted to achieve the victory..
“You have to give 100 percent all the time,” Rogers said. “Take nothing for granted. We just focused on the races.l and knew it could be a good meet.”
Glenn Lasco, Destin’s older brother, won the 200 freestyle (1:42.23) and the 100 butterfly (53.73). The senior was in the winning 200 freestyle (1:32.16) and 400 freestyle relays.
Erik Truong won the 100 breaststroke in 59.84 and was a member in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Brett Clauhs won the 500 freestyle (4:47.51).
Mainland, the state Group B champions in 2016 and 2017, will again advance to the state semifinal at Raritan Bay YMCA on Wednesday, Feb. 21, with the aim at seizing their third consecutive championship.
“We will wait to see who we match up with,” Booth said. “We’ll go back to work and get excited to swim fast.”