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.