Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas was on track for a huge NCAA Championship meet last season as a sophomore before the novel coronavirus canceled that event in March, but it looks like he’s picking right up again for his junior season.
In a video posted on Instagram by Texas A&M assistant Jason Calanog, Casas swam a 1:37.9 in the 200 yard back. The swim comes with an asterisk, because it looks like Casas goes past 15 meters off the start – and you can even overhear someone on video saying that he was probably long.
Casas was wearing a racing suit in the swim.
Regardless of the 15 meter violation, at this point of the season, swimming a time that fast this early, even if we sag it a few tenths for the start, is a bellwether for Casas nationally in the NCAA.
His best time in the 200 yard back in official competition is a 1:37.20 done at the SEC Championships last season to win the conference title. That broke Ryan Lochte’s SEC Meet Record of 1:38.29.
His time was the top-ranked swim in the NCAA last season, .15 seconds better than Texas junior Austin Katz.
- 47.4 (25.2)
- 1:12.2 (24.8)
- 1:37.9 (25.7)
Top Returning NCAA Swimmers for 2020-2021 Season
Known returning swimmers. Listed class is classification for 2020-2021 season.
- Shaine Casas, Jr, Texas A&M – 1:37.20
- Austin Katz, Sr, Texas – 1:37.35
- Daniel Carr, Sr, Cal – 1:37.87
- Mitchell Whyte, Jr, Louisville – 1:39.46
- Clark Beach, Sr, Florida – 1:39.56
- Hug Gonzalez, Jr, Cal – 1:39.66
- Jack Dahlgren, Jr, Missouri – 1:39.93
- Sam Tornqvist, Sr, Virginia Tech – 1:40.10
- Gabriel Fantoni, Sr, Indiana – 1:40.31
- Michael Daly, Jr, Penn State – 1:40.63
Not included in this list is incoming freshman Carson Foster at Texas, who already has a 1:40.07 best in the 200 yard back.