3-Time NCAA Champion Shaine Casas Will Transfer Out of Texas A&M

One of the best swimmers in the NCAA is on the hunt for a new team.

Shaine Casas, who won three titles at the 2021 Men’s NCAA Championships with the Texas A&M Aggies, informed teammates that he would be entering the transfer portal on Monday. A source later indicated that Casas is planning to join the University of Texas team with an eye toward both the remainder of his collegiate career and subsequent pro career.

The move would give the Longhorns, who have won five of the last six men’s NCAA team titles, arguably the most dominant swimmer in college swimming.

Casas has been a star throughout his three-year career in College Station but really elevated his game to a new level as a junior, sweeping his individual events at the NCAA Championships with victories in the men’s 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley. That made Casas one of just two swimmers to go three-for-three individually at the meet, with the other being Cal’s Ryan Hoffer, who graduated after last season.

Casas is the second-fastest swimmer of all-time in the 200 back (1:35.75), third in the 200 IM (1:38.95), fourth in the 100 back (43.87), sixth in the 200 fly (1:38.69) and eighth in the 200 free (1:30.59).

The rising senior is also tied for sixth-fastest in history in the 50 back (20.61), which, although it’s not traditionally raced individually in collegiate competition, is another valuable asset potentially for the Longhorns on the 200 medley relay.

His 2020-21 collegiate season also included winning a pair of individual SEC titles in the men’s 200 back and 200 IM, adding a third-place finish in the 100 fly.

At the Art Adamson Invite in November, where he set what remain his lifetime best times in the 200 IM and 100 back, Casas dropped a 1:36.62 200 back from the ‘B’ final despite showing up in a walking boot earlier in the day.

After the conclusion of the 2020-2021 collegiate season, Casas was arrested for public intoxication in early May, just six weeks out of the U.S. Olympic Trials. Casas ended up finishing third in the men’s 100 backstroke at Trials in a time of 52.76, four one-hundredths shy of his best time and less than three-tenths outside of an Olympic berth. The McAllen, Texas native also placed sixth in the 200 back. He entered the meet as the 2nd seed in the 100 back and 3rd seed in the 200 back.

The owner of four individual SEC titles during his career, Casas’ move would not be considered intra-conference despite the fact that the University of Texas recently accepted an invitation to join the SEC. The Longhorns won’t officially join the conference until July 2025. Texas A&M and Texas were formerly conference foes in the Big 12 before the Aggies departed in 2012.

When Casas would become eligible to compete is unclear. The Longhorns and Aggies are scheduled to have a dual meet on October 15.

SwimSwam has reached out to Casas regarding the transfer, and he has said that he is not yet ready to comment publicly.

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Shaddy419
21 days ago

Woah

Dui Casas
21 days ago

Ring chase much lol

swimswamsers
Reply to  Dui Casas
21 days ago

Was it public intoxication or a dui?

mr.swimmerman
Reply to  swimswamsers
21 days ago

public intoxication

Ferb
Reply to  mr.swimmerman
21 days ago

That’s illegal?!?

Anonymoose
Reply to  Ferb
19 days ago

i mean i dont live over there with you guys so im not sure, but it seems if you’re black everything you do is illegal

swimapologist
Reply to  Anonymoose
19 days ago

The purpose of PI laws is to protect people and the public when someone becomes so beligerently drunk that they are a risk to themselves and others. It’s a misdemeanor and a fine, basically the cost of the trouble of keeping you safe for the night.

Shaine was unconsciously-drunk in a public place. They can’t just leave him there, and it makes more sense to let him dry out in a jail cell than take up a bed in a hospital during a pandemic. According to court records, he paid $457, and was a little embarassed by it. Other than that, no real long-term ramifications. Possible that maybe it would come up if you tried to work in the CIA,… Read more »

Armchair
Reply to  Dui Casas
21 days ago

It’s seems rather true, frankly, and always rather d-ckish to leave your teammates and transfer to your biggest rival.

WhenVictorDavisWasKing
Reply to  Armchair
19 days ago

You don’t know anything about it, though, do you?

PK Doesn’t like his long name
21 days ago

I wasn’t expecting to need to check articles today to make sure it’s not April 1, but here we are.

Sarcastic
21 days ago

Wonder if this has to do with not making Tokyo

applesandoranges
Reply to  Sarcastic
21 days ago

The chain around his neck and his not swimming fast enough we’re the reasons why he didn’t make Tokyo.

Dudeman
Reply to  applesandoranges
21 days ago

He took the chain off for the 100back finals and it never went back on I thought?

Snarky
Reply to  applesandoranges
21 days ago

And the arrest 6 weeks from trials. Seriously, something else is there.

whever
Reply to  applesandoranges
21 days ago

Kolesnikov has something to say abut the ‘chain around his neck’ part.

Konner Scott
Reply to  whever
21 days ago

His .02 loss to Rylov has something to say too.

Reply to  Konner Scott
21 days ago

Well in that case maybe they can talk to Chupkov’s WR and 2019 World Title

oxyswim
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
21 days ago

The velocity and therefore drag difference caused by something caused at 2 m/s vs 1.5 m/s is pretty drastic. A chain easily could have been worth .02 in a 100.

Just because Caeleb Dressel doesn’t tuck his suit strings in or wear a dome cap, it doesn’t mean that tucking strings in and wearing a dome cap isn’t faster.

DP Spellman
Reply to  oxyswim
21 days ago

Dome caps are overrated.

swammom
21 days ago

Wishing Shaine the absolute best! This is a win for both the Longhorns and Shaine.

Yaboi
21 days ago

Texas about to have the most stacked relays in the NCAA, with B relays capable of scoring at NCs

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Yaboi
21 days ago

Casas/Corbeau/Jiang/Krueger for the 400 medley and Casas/Larson/Carozza/Kibler seem insane.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
21 days ago

Forgot Foster for the 800 free relay 0_0

PVSFree
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
21 days ago

Insane that Grimm goes a 20.8 in his 50 back and he might not be on the 200 medley

Bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  PVSFree
21 days ago

So true. Speaking of Grimm, based on Texas’ roster online, it sounds like they’ve labeled him as a fly/back guy. I was hoping he’d try out the back/breast combo, but oh well.

Backstrokebro
Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
21 days ago

Depending on his freshmen year and how corbeau is doing, he might pull a schooling and swim breast on the 2 medley relay

MickeyMouse
21 days ago

I hope I’m not interpreting this right but he told his teammates and then one of them went and informed SwimSwam when he himself wasn’t at a point that he wanted to comment publicly on it yet? Kinda messed up from a teammate trust standpoint…

Swimmer
Reply to  MickeyMouse
21 days ago

There isn’t anything in here that isn’t already public knowledge. They can figure it out through the transfer portal website.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Swimmer
21 days ago

Except he’s not currently in the portal

Pvdh
Reply to  MickeyMouse
21 days ago

well I mean…doesn’t look like teammate trust is needed any more

MickeyMouse
Reply to  Pvdh
21 days ago

I guess….but either way, that’s cold

Pvdh
Reply to  MickeyMouse
21 days ago

Not as cold as bailing on your team after 3 years to ring chase but oh well.

Virtus
Reply to  Pvdh
21 days ago

Not rlly a ring chase imo I feel like it’s coaching more than anything. He has the potential to be lochte/clary level if can convert his talent to LC

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Pvdh
21 days ago

Exactly, and even if he explicitly was like, “please don’t tell anyone” I’m not gonna hold it against the teammate. Tho I will laugh forever if he’s actually transferring somewhere else*.

“Damn, Shaine’s leaving?? We gotta make him look bad…say he’s going to Texas!! The worst place in the world.”

*Casas would have basically had to confirm it for this story to run, but let me dream.

Swummer
Reply to  Steve Nolan
21 days ago

Only a delusional Aggie would call Texas the worst place in the world. Especially when it comes to swimming.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swummer
21 days ago

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Erik
Reply to  MickeyMouse
21 days ago

Q: If you quit the team, does that still make you and everyone around you teammates?

Uh oh stinky
Reply to  MickeyMouse
21 days ago

Not at all he violated their trust by bailing on them.

Falcon
Reply to  MickeyMouse
21 days ago

What teammate trusts someone who enters the transfer portal? He is telling his team he no longer wants to swim with them.

bobthebuilderrocks
21 days ago

WTF.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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