Shaine Casas Becomes Seventh Man Under 1:40 in 200 IM


Shaine Casas of Texas A&M was the clear favorite tonight in the 200 IM after nearly breaking the 1:40 barrier mid-season. Here in Auburn, the race for him was against the clock, where he just slipped under that mark to win the race at 1:39.91.


  • Fly – 21.05
  • Back – 24.86 (45.91)
  • Breast – 29.03 (1:14.94)
  • Free – 24.97
  • Total – 1:39.91

That swim today makes Casas, a sophomore, just the seventh man in history under 1:40 in this event. He was previously #10 on the all-time top performers list with his 1:40.16 from mid-season, and he now jumps Josh Prenot (1:40.14), Ryan Lochte (1:40.08) and Will Licon (1:40.04) to #7.

Caeleb Dressel rocked a 1:38.13 at this meet in 2018, which still holds up as the NCAA/American/U.S. Open record, one that demolished the old record of 1:39.38 from David Nolan, the first man to break 1:40. Since then, Andrew Seliskar (1:38.14), Andreas Vazaios (1:39.35), Jan Switkowski (1:39.54) and John Shebat (1:39.63) have all broken 1:40, too.

Casas had a big drop in this event last year as a freshman, cutting over five seconds off of his pre-college best. Since last season, he’s now taken another two seconds off (and change).


  • Pre-College – 1:47.59
  • 2018 Mid-Season – 1:43.06 (-4.53)
  • 2019 SEC Champs – 1:43.21
  • 2019 NCAA Champs – 1:42.29 (-0.77)
  • 2019 Mid-Season – 1:40.16 (-2.13)
  • 2020 SEC Champs – 1:39.91 (-0.25)

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2 years ago

His progression makes no sense.

Reply to  Swimmer
2 years ago

Hard work with intention says otherwise.

Nathaniel H
2 years ago

Shaine is a very impressive athlete. What many people are not aware of is that he is also a colonel.

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Is there any video

Reply to  Swimfish87
2 years ago

Tamuswim has all race videos if there’s an A&M swimmer in the heat

Swimming Fan
2 years ago

Get back to the drawing board and fix that last 75. You have the record in you Casas.

2 years ago

Shane’s an exciting swimmer to watch. He has a lot of speed as well as finesse.

Reply to  marklewis
2 years ago

and is very well spoken , smart & articulate in interviews

2 years ago

The article’s picture is gold!

2 years ago

Man, Casas’ fly and back splits were on par with Dressel’s record, which is absolutely flying. But Dressel’s breast and free splits were just too good. I see only good things in the future for him, nice swim.

2 years ago

This is impressive! And his improvement from HS to college is amazing. Congrats!

Reply to  AFlyer
2 years ago

If I’m not mistaken, I believe Shane trained himself in high school?

Reply to  coach
2 years ago

You are mistaken

Cody miller’s camera
Reply to  coach
2 years ago

I took a official visit to A&M and chatted with shaine for a long time , amazing guy and so driven , but yes he did train himself in His last year of high school ( leaned more towards weight training than swimming for his last year)

Reply to  Cody miller’s camera
2 years ago

For some reason, I thought it was more than just his senior year. He went to a school in McAllen, which is close to the border, but he attached himself to TWST and Nitro for meets (both are over 4 hours away). It’s a fascinating story.

Reply to  coach
2 years ago

Freshman- junior year he had a coach and he went to nitro one summer. He trained by himself only swimming about an hour a day during his senior year.

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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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