Casas Still Rolling, Drops Almost 3 Seconds Off 200 Back PR

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 4

November 16th, 2018 SEC


  • November 14-16, 2018
  • College Station, TX (Texas A&M Natatorium)
  • SCY
  • Live results


Sydney Pickrem showed her lethal versatility, picking up the top seed in the 200 breast and the #2 seed in the 200 back for tonight’s finals. She was 2:08.46 in the 200 breast, and 1:54.65 in the 200 back, just off of her best in the latter. The top swimmer in the 200 back was former Aggie Lisa Bratton, who was 1:50.35, just a half-second off of her lifetime best.

Sophomores Jing Quah and Taylor Pike were 1-2 in the 200 fly, going 1:58.30 and 1:59.05, respectively.

Breaking up the Aggie party was Haylee Knight of LSU in the 100 free. She had a huge lifetime best, going 48.04, a half-second ahead of Claire Rasmus (48.53). That’s a pretty monumental swim for Knight, a senior whose best was a 48.89 from 2018 SECs.


The story of the meet has largely been about Texas A&M freshman Shaine Casas, who has gone a best time in every single event in which he’s swum. This morning was no different in the 200 back, where he posted a 1:42.33, nearly three full seconds clear of his old best. Whatever’s in the water in College Station has been working for Casas, who is quickly developing into an incredibly versatile sprint weapon for the Aggies.

The Aggies had top times in every event this morning. In the 100 free, they had four men under 44, led by Adam Koster at 43.07. Mike Thibert followed at 43.22, then it was Clayton Bobo in a PR 43.47, and finally Mark Theall at 43.92.

Benjamin Walker took the top time in the 200 breast easily, hitting a 1:54.48. In the 200 fly, Angel Martinez was 1:43.24, going two seconds faster than the next-best swimmer.

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Ex Quaker
2 years ago

Did Casas PB in the 100 free as well?

Reply to  Ex Quaker
2 years ago


JP input is too short
Reply to  Ex Quaker
2 years ago

Not quite. Might be getting a little tired, A&M has been putting their guys through a heavy event load this week!

Tea rex
2 years ago

Looking like a young Dean Farris…

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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