Shaine Casas swims 1: 42.96 200 IM at Art Adamson Invitational
One year later Shaine Casas broke during his junior season at Texas A&M, he is no longer a member of the Aggies swim team after revealing his intention to move to Austin and swim in the University of Texas pro squad under the direction of a legendary trainer. Eddie Reese. However, Casas is still around the pool at College Station, and he made an appearance at Texas A&M’s annual Art Adamson Invitational mid-season. He competed in Wednesday’s prelims in the 200 IM and 50 freestyle as an unattached exhibition swimmer.
Casas clocked a time of 1: 42.96 in the 200 IM, about four seconds off his personal best of 1: 38.95 from last year. Casas ranks third all-time in the short distance version of the event behind Caeleb Dressel and André Seliskar, and he led the way in the race to win last year’s NCAA title in the event. Casas also won both backstroke events at these NCAA Championships, and we’ll see if he makes an appearance in those events later this week.
Casas’ 200 IM time is much faster than any time recorded so far this NCAA season, although there will likely be more quick times posted across the country during the college invitations list at the over the next few weeks. Casas also jumped for the 50 freestyle on Wednesday, and he swam a time of 19.51. As an exhibition swimmer, he was not eligible to compete in the final.
After his remarkable college season, Casas had some disappointing Olympic trials, finishing third in the 100 behind. Ryan murphy and Hunter Armstrong, and missing the Olympics by just 0.28. He was also sixth in the 200 backstroke almost two seconds slower than his best.
But now Casas has turned his attention to international swimming after giving up his final year of college eligibility. Casas will make his senior international debut for the United States at next month’s World Short Course Championships, where he will compete in all three backstroke events, and he will be vying for a spot on the 2022 U.S. World Championships squad. in April.