Shaine Casas Hits 52.51 100 Back PB To Highlight Day 2 Of Austin Sectionals

2022 SPEEDO SOUTHERN SECTIONALS

  • July 7-10, 2022
  • Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, TX
  • LCM
  • Live Results
  • Also on Meet Mobile as “2022 ST TXLA Speedo Southern Sectionals”

On the second day of the Austin Speedo Sectionals, Shaine Casas went a personal best time of 52.51 in the men’s 100 back, winning his race by nearly three seconds in front of Sam Stewart (55.17) and Matthew Klotz (56.20). This time is faster than the 53.01 he swam to finish fourth at U.S. trials this year, and improves upon his previous best time of 52.72 set nearly three years ago at the 2022 U.S. National Championships. It also would have finished fifth at Worlds.

Casas is now tied with Nick Thoman as the 18th fastest performer of all time and the sixth-fastest U.S. performer in the 100 back.

All-time U.S. performers, Men’s 100 Back:

  1. Ryan Murphy — 51.86 (2016)
  2. Aaron Peirsol — 51.94 (2009)
  3. Hunter Armstrong — 51.98 (2022)
  4. Matt Grevers — 52.08 (2012)
  5. David Plummer  — 52.12 (2016)
  6. Nick Thoman (2009)/Shaine Casas (2022) — 52.51

Compared to 2019, Casas was faster on both his front half and his back half today. However, he made the most improvement going out, with his first 50 being 0.17 seconds faster than it was in 2019, but his back half only improved by 0.04 seconds.

Comparative splits, Shaine Casas (2019) vs. Shaine Casas (2022):

Shaine Casas, 2019 U.S. Nationals Shaine Casas, 2022 Austin Sectionals
50m 25.29 25.12
100m 27.43 27.39
Total 52.72 52.51

Yesterday, Casas set a personal best time of 48.23 in the 100 free, which would have placed him fourth at U.S. trials this year. He is just coming off the FINA World Championships two weeks ago, where took bronze in the 200 back with a time of 1:55.35.

Another notable swim came from Casas’s Texas training partner Coby Carrozza, who clocked a 1:46.97 in the 200 free. This time is just 0.1 seconds off the 1:46.87 he went to finish fifth at U.S. trials, which qualified him onto the Worlds team as a member of the 4×200 free relay. Carrozza beat out 15-year-old Maximus Williamson, who took second with a best time of 1:50.56. He shaves a small amount off his previous lifetime best of 1:50.65, which came from finishing 24th overall at U.S. trials.

On the women’s side, it was Kelly Pash who won the 200 free in a 1:59.47, her fastest time ever. Her previous best time of 1:59.58 was from the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open. She was the only woman in the field that dipped under the two-minute barrier, placing ahead of future Longhorn Jillian Cox (2:00.75) and current Longhorn Kyla Leibel (2:01.00). Erica Sullivan, yesterday’s 800 free champ, was sixth with a time of 2:04.02.

A pair of teenagers took the women’s 100 back and 400 IM respectively, as 17-year old Texas A&M commit Paula Warren won the 100 back in a time of 1:03.29 and 16-year-old Carli Cronk won the 400 IM in 4:48.53. Warren took a few tenths off her previous best time of 1:03.83, and Cronk dropped nearly four seconds from her 4:52.48 that was clocked in June 2022.

Jake Foster won the men’s 400 IM with a 4:22.89. He was well off the 4:13.76 he threw down at trials, but was fast enough to beat his competition by over three seconds.

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Former swimmer
2 months ago

Love it. So much talent that’s been undiscovered. Now it’s time for him to believe in himself.

anonymous
2 months ago

He swims the backstroke like a boat with 2 oars. His arms are so straight on the underwater pull which gives him a side to side rocking motion. Too bad some national coach hasn’t cleaned that up.

Owlmando
2 months ago

I know hes made a senior team but when this kid truly breaks out hes going to really f stuff up

Pvdh
Reply to  Owlmando
2 months ago

Dudes gonna be 23 this year. Most swimmers that are gonna leave a lasting impact have already made massive achievements by now.

sugondese
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

Might as well retire at the ancient age of 23.🤡

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

🤡🤡🤡

Pvdh
Reply to  ReneDescartes
2 months ago

You’ll wait forever. Casas ain’t it. I thought he was too but you’ll learn in time. Mid.

sugondese
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

L

Dudeman
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

Nick fink would like to have a word

Former swimmer
Reply to  Pvdh
2 months ago

Yeah no

Hank
2 months ago

This takes down Grevers pool record!

Swimswam follower
Reply to  Hank
2 months ago

Adrian’s 100 free record too

Hank
Reply to  Swimswam follower
2 months ago

That’s probably the more suprising of the 2. Adrian could always throw down fast 100s in season.

Randy Teeters
2 months ago
Hank
Reply to  Randy Teeters
2 months ago

That stroke rate is just bezerk

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