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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This kid could end some careers this summer.

Jabroni Pepperoni

Grevers or Murphy could be out in the 100 back, sheilds and conger could be out in the 1 fly. Lochte in the 2im

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo



with Kieran Smith , he is gonna make waves at OT – some veterans better watch out – the new Guard has arrived


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


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


You are mistaken

Cody miller’s camera

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)


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.


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.


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.

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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