Shaine Casas Enters All-Time Top 10 Among Americans in 100 Back


Texas A&M rising sophomore Shaine Casas is now in the top 10 all-time among Americans in the 100 meter backstroke prelims on Saturday morning. Casas swam a 53.26 to qualify 1st into the final. That knocked more than a second off his previous best time that was done last summer in 54.51.

That time ties Casas with NC State post-grad Justin Ress as the 10th-fastest American in history in this event.

In his freshman season at Texas A&M, Casas was the nation’s fastest freshman in the 200 yard backstroke, finishing as the runner-up at SECs. He also finished 4th at SECs in the 200 IM and 7th in the 100 back. At the NCAA Championships, however, he made a surprise shift to the butterfly races. He didn’t score in the 100 fly, and was 11th in the 200 fly – again the highest-placing freshman in that race.

This week he’s swum both butterfly and backstroke races, though he’s placed much higher in the backstrokes so far:

Casas’ Results, 2019 US Nationals:

  • 100 free – 49.17 – 17th
  • 200 back – 1:55.79 – 2nd
  • 100 fly – 52.15 – 17th
  • 100 back – 53.26 – 1st (prelims)
  • 200 IM – Sunday
  • 50 Free – Sunday

His earlier swim in the 200 back ranks him as the 11th-fastest American of all-time. Casas is now in position to make the US National Team in both the 100 back and the 200 back.

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. Jacob Pebley – 52.95 (2016 US Olympic Trials)
  8. Michael Phelps – 53.01 (2007 US Nationals)
  9. Ben Hesen – 53.03 (2012 US Olympic Trials)
  10. (TIE) Justin Ress – 53.26 (2018 US Nationals)/Shaine Casas – 53.26 (2019 US Nationals)

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3 years ago

His tallent was on display when he swam his senior HS yer at Nitro, but I never thought he would be this fast this soon. Nitro – Aggies combination worked for him. Aggies are good!

3 years ago

Congratulations Shaine!!! Whoop! 👍🔥🎉

3 years ago

ThIs WeBsItE hAs A lOvE aFfAiR wItH tHiS kId ThAt i WiLl NeVeR uNdErStAnD

Reply to  Mack
3 years ago

What’s to dislike?

Reply to  Mack
3 years ago

how come ? could u explain ?

3 years ago

Impressive this week for sure! Also some other American backstrokers have noticed I am sure!

3 years ago

Randall Bal, not Ball

3 years ago

Way to go Shaine, I remember you swimming local meets in Rio Grande Valley as 10 year old kid.

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