Texas A&M’s Shaine Casas Swims 3:37 in 400 IM at American SC Champs

2020 AMERICAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • March 5-7, 2020
  • Austin, Texas
  • Short Course Yards
  • Results

Texas A&M sophomore Shaine Casas swam a new lifetime best of 3:37.59 in finals of the men’s 400 IM on Friday at the American Short Course Swimming Championships.

The meet, hosted at the University of Texas, is not a formal national championship meet, in spite of the implication of the name, and has shrunk from what was once a big meet that combined club and collegiate swimmers looking for last-chance NCAA qualifying swims to primarily the latter, albeit still swum across a 3-day format.

Casas has already qualified for the NCAA Championship meet. He’s currently the fastest swimmer in the NCAA in both the 200 back (1:37.20) and 200 IM (1:39.91), and he also ranks 3rd nationally in the 100 back (44.48).

His 400 IM swim on Friday now also ranks him 2nd nationally in that event behind only Florida sophomore Kieran Smith, who won the SEC title in 3:37.31.

For Casas, a US National Teamer, the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM seem like his most likely NCAA Championship events. That being said, the A&M coaches made a surprise switch last year and switched him to the 100 and 200 fly instead of the 100 and 200 back at the NCAA Championship meet. The 400 IM falls on day 3 of the NCAA Championship meet: the same day as the 100 back.

Casas’ previous best time in the 400 yard IM was a 3:42.31 swum at this same meet last year. He only has 4 official results in the race in the USA Swimming database; prior to last year, his previous swim in the event came in 2013 when he was only 13-years old. He has no recent swims of the event in long course.

Race Video:

Casas’ swim makes him the 14th-best 400 yard IMer in the history of the event.

The time also crushes the Texas A&M school record of 3:42.29 that was set by Ben Walker at this meet last year. Casas now holds school records in 5 individual events.

Full Meet Recap to Follow:

Texas Ryan Harty, who has already qualified for NCAAs this season but didn’t swim at Big 12s last week, competed in the 100 back. Harty raced to a 45.85, coming from behind to beat teammate Preston Varozza (46.14). Harty’s season best is a 45.10 from the Minnesota Invite in November.

BYU’s Katie McBratney was within tenths of her best, winning the 100 breast in 1:02.25. Her best still stands as a 1:01.42 from the Mizzou Invite in November. Teammate Josue Dominguez won the men’s race, posting a 52.77 to clip a little over a tenth off his best time.

In a time trial, Iowa’s Anze Fers Erzen dropped about 4 tenths from his season best in the 200 back. He was previously 33rd in the NCAA. His 1:41.24 tonight moves him up to 24th. The Pac-12 men will compete in the event in tomorrow, so we’ll have to see where he lands following that meet.

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Ghost

Remember last year Shaine switched events from SECs to NCAAs….will he drop 100 back for 4Im? Last year he swam both flys at NCAAs….probably a mistake?

Mody Ciller Vlogs

We’ll see baby

Coach Troy’s 4IM Set

“Lifted and regular practice”

I await the day that a swimmer admits to resting

Sponge bob

Yes, he rested for the last chance so he could get another A cut HAHAHAH.

AJW

Honestly this is one of the few times I believe that it’s true or at least close to it. I really doubt anyone can go a 3:37 completely unrested and with “regular practice”, but I’ve heard some unreal times that he’s thrown down in practice without a tech suit. 3:37 doesn’t seem out of the question.

Ol' Longhorn

This kid’s got generational talent. It could be true.

jvog88

“I await the day that a swimmer admits to resting”

Today is the day. I’m a Master’s swimmer and I admit to resting for every meet I do. 😉

Togger

I look forward to the Olympic interviews.

TV: “Adam, 56.3 is an incredible time, winning by two seconds, how does it feel?”

Peaty: “Yeah, got to be happy with it given where we are in training. Lifted pretty heavy this morning and did some lactate work. It’s all just a building block for the One True Rest Meet, when Lords Troy and Eddie send up the Razor Signal and every pro swimmer finally shaves, tapers and turns up to a mid-season age group meet in Tajikistan to rewrite the record books”

Joe

100 back is crowded…if he can drop to a 3:35 in three weeks this might make more sense

Chunk

I would like to see 3 under 44 in the 100 back though

JCO

Stewart, Waddell, & Poti

Swimfan

Don’t count our Whyte or Albiero

Chunk

Let’s make it 4 under 44

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