Destin Lasco Dominates Twice At New Jersey Boys High School Meet of Champions

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Following the women’s meet this morning the New Jersey high school boys swam their Meet of Champions this afternoon.

Mainland Regional HS led a tight trio of teams into the wall in the opening 200 medley relay. The team of Destin LascoErik TruongJoey Rogers, and Justin Liu combined for a 1:34.28.

Westfield High School’s David LindrosSteven WarrenColin Daniel, and Aedan Collins were just behind in 1:34.50. Bridgewater Raritan’s Carter WeilandChristopher RuhnkeRiley Pestorius, and Daniel Petrillo posted a 1:35.90 for third place.

Morristown Beard’s Ryan Waters won the 200 freestyle with a 1:39.21. Mainland’s Glenn Lasco touched in 1:40.37 to place second. Notre Dame’s Matt Lequang finished third (1:41.45).

Destin Lasco then won the 200 IM in a dominating 1:48.07. Mountain Lake’s Joe Scerbo secured runner up honors in 1:50.55. Michael Macchia of Morristown finished third (1:52.13). Destin Lasco dominated the 100 backstroke with a 47.67. Egg Harbor Township’s Cristian Bell (50.18) and Phillipsburg’s Owen Thomas (50.24) rounded out the podium.

The splash and dash saw Liu get to the wall first with his 20.71. St. Augustine Prep’s Luke Snyder touched second (21.11), just ahead of Cherry Hill East’s Kevin Gillooly in 21.14. Liu made it a sprint double with his 45.59 in the 100 freestyle just ahead of Snyder (45.80) and Scerbo (46.08).

Liam Cosgrove of St. Rose High School claimed 100 butterfly victory in 48.68. Also under 50 seconds was Mountain Lake’s Matthew Luciano (49.84). Moorestown’s Joshua Fong (50.17) finished third.

Waters followed his 200 freestyle victory up with a dominant 500 freestyle, touching in 4:28.86. St. Augustine Prep’s Zach Washart (4:35.64) and Scotch Plains Fanwood’s Josh Cohen (4:37.13) finished third.

In the 200 freestyle relay St. Augustine Prep team of Matt MahonDominick SheppardMark Taccard, and Snyder combined for a 1:25.23. Westfield’s Eric BebelGriff MorganRyan Bebel, and Collins touched second (1:25.90). Victor VollbrechthausenKevin MaSean Tan, and Will Zhang finished third (1:26.29) for The Pingry School.

Christ Bondarowicz of Scotch Plains Fanwood won the 100 breaststroke in 56.98. Sean Foster of Immaculate high school (57.41) and Wayne Valley’s Zach Valenzuela (57.62) earned silver and bronze.

Liu, Lasco, Rogers and Lasco ended the meet with a dominating victory in the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:02.31 for Mainland. St. Augustine Prep’s Mahon, Sheppard, Zach Washart, and Snyder (3:04.41) were second.

All results can be found on Meet Mobile – 2017 Meet of Champions. 



  1. Joanne Newton

    I watched Destin crush a bunch of records at Zones in Webster NY a few years ago. He’s been on my radar since!!!

Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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