Casas Hits 1:58 LCM 200 IM In Prelims of Art Adamson Invite Day 1

2019 Art Adamson Invite

  • Thursday, November 21 – Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Texas A&M Natatorium, College Station, Texas
  • Prelims 10 AM / Finals 6 PM (U.S. Central Time)
  • Prelims Long Course Meters (LCM) format
  • Finals Short Course Yards (SCY) format
  • Live results

Texas A&M sophomore star Shaine Casas crushed a career-best 1:58.54 in the 200 long course meter IM this morning. That would have ranked 6th among American men last season.

The Art Adamson Invite at Texas A&M is adjusting its format this year, featuring long course meters for morning prelims and short course yards for finals at night. That allows athletes to go after Olympic Trials cuts in prelims and NCAA qualifying times at night.

Last summer, Casas took his long course 200 IM best time from 2:03.0 to 1:58.8, ranking 6th among American men. This morning, he chopped another three tenths off that, going 1:58.54 to lead prelims of the Art Adamson meet by almost five seconds.

The big swim from Casas should set up for some more excitement later in the meet. Casas had a breaout freshman year at A&M in both long course and short course. He’ll get a shot at a nation-leading time in the short course yard IM tonight. Prior to this weekend’s invites, Indiana’s Mohamed Samy led the national ranks at 1:44.9, but Casas’ career-best is 1:42.2, and his new lifetime-best in long course converts to much faster than that – our Swimulator converter roughly translates it to 1:40.9.

Other big swims from day 1 prelims:

  • Fellow Aggie sophomore Caroline Theil also had a huge career-best to lead the 200 IM. The 20-year-old went from 2:17.34 to 2:14.39. She was already under the U.S. Olympic Trial cut from an October swim, but just barely. Now, she’s three seconds under the cut, and should rank 4th among American women this season.
  • International Swimming League star Beryl Gastaldello is competing in College Station this week. The French national is an A&M alum and still trains out of Texas A&M. She went 24.91 to lead the 50 free, which should be a new career-best for her.
  • USC’s Nikola Miljenic leads the 50 free in 22.44. That’s a lifetime-best for the Croatian, and he could be in line to challenge his short course best of 19.3 in tonight’s final.
  • Stanford paced both 400 frees. Katie Drabot was 4:11.43 as Stanford went 1-2-3-4 this morning.
  • For the Stanford men, senior Grant Shoults went 3:51.48 to lead the men’s event. That’s a nice swim for Shoults, who is returning from shoulder injuries that cost him his college season last year. His 3:51 is his best swim in this event since 2018 Pan Pacs, when he went 3:48. Shoults was 3:52 at Worlds last summer and 3:57 at U.S. Nationals.

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Great swim by Shoults


Multiple people faster than Samy in the 200 IM at Missouri last night

He Gets It Done Again

#2 time this FISCAL year 😉

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