Shaine Casas Becomes #7 American All-Time in 100 BK; Youngest American Sub-53

2019 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Shaine Casas doubled down on his breakthrough performance in the 100 back this morning at US Nationals, not only winning the national title, but dropping another half second too. The 19-year-old posted a blistering 52.72 in finals tonight, winning the event by over a second, and significantly undercutting his personal best of 53.26, which he set this morning. Just a reminder, Casas entered this meet with a best time of 54.51, meaning he dropped nearly 2 full seconds over the course of the day.

Casas took the race out nearly at World Record pace. He flipped at 25.29, just off the WR split of 25.13. His performance this morning ranked him in a tie for 10th for Americans all-time. With his 52.72 tonight, Casas is now the 7th fastest American of all-time, and perhaps more notably, he became the first American teenager to break 53 seconds in the 100 back. Ryan Murphy was the previous fastest American teen, with a teenage best time of 53.20. There have been other teens around the world to break 53 seconds, but Casas is still one of the first. Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (52.24), China’s Jiayu Xu (52.34), Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (52.51), and Russia’s Evgeny Rylov (52.74) all broke 53 seconds as teenagers.

Casas’ Results, 2019 US Nationals:

  • 100 free – 49.17 – 17th
  • 200 back – 1:55.79 – 2nd
  • 100 fly – 52.15 – 17th
  • 100 back – 52.72 – 1st
  • 200 IM – Sunday
  • 50 Free – Sunday

In edition to being the 7th fastest American all-time and the fastest American teen ever, Casas is now ranked 17th all-time in the world, coming in just .01 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Liam Tancock. Here is the current all-time top 10 for Americans:

All-Time Top 10, Americans, 100 LCM backstroke – All Ages

  1. Ryan Murphy – 51.85 (2016 Olympics)
  2. Aaron Peirsol – 51.94 (2009 USA Swimming National Championships)
  3. Matt Grevers – 52.08 (2012 US Olympic Trials)
  4. David Plummer – 52.12 (2016 US Olympic Trials)
  5. Nick Thoman – 52.51 (2009 US Open)
  6. Randall Ball – 52.59 (2008 Eindhoven Open)
  7. Shaine Casas – 52.72 (2019 US Nationals)
  8. Jacob Pebley – 52.95 (2016 US Olympic Trials)
  9. Michael Phelps – 53.01 (2007 US Nationals)
  10. Ben Hesen – 53.03 (2012 US Olympic Trials)

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ola

Whoop!

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Zanna

His 200 back is not too shabby either

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