Three-time NCAA champion Shaine Casas is planning on turning professional.
Casas, who has spent the last three seasons competing in the NCAA with the Texas A&M Aggies, told SwimSwam on Friday that although nothing is completely set in stone, he has designs on turning pro in the near future, meaning his time competing collegiately is most likely done.
Casas entered the NCAA transfer portal in late August, signalling his desire to move on from Texas A&M after three seasons with the team. At the time, a source indicated Casas was planning on joining the University of Texas, though nothing was confirmed.
On Friday, Casas said that it’s currently being arranged for him to join the training group in Austin, so it appears he’ll join the pro group at Texas with coach Eddie Reese.
The 21-year-old was dominant last season during his junior year in College Station, winning the men’s 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley at the 2021 NCAA Championships.
A native of McAllen, TX., Casas also won a pair of individual SEC titles last season in the 200 back and 200 IM. In short course yards, he’s currently the second-fastest swimmer of all-time in the 200 back (1:35.75), third in the 200 IM (1:38.95), fourth in the 100 back (43.87), sixth in the 200 fly (1:38.69) and eighth in the 200 free (1:30.59).
After winning the 2019 U.S. National title in the men’s 100 backstroke (LCM), Casas placed third in the event at the Olympic Trials this past summer, clocking a time of 52.76 to finish less than three-tenths shy of a berth on the U.S. Olympic team. He also placed sixth in the 200 back after entering the meet seeded second and third in the 100 and 200 back, respectively.
Casas will be providing SwimSwam with a statement shortly.