Casas snags silver in backstroke at Mare Nostrum in Barcelona

Shaine Casas produced the second-fastest swim of his career to snag silver in 1 minute, 59.50 seconds in the 200 backstroke Saturday in the third and final stop of the Mare Nostrum swim series in Barcelona, Spain.

Casas, a former McHi standout who just finished a strong season with the Texas A&M University swim team, held off a late push from Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank (1:59.63) to hold onto second, only behind the USA’s Carson Foster (1:58.88).

Casas finished second for Team USA on Wednesday in the 100 backstroke in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, which was the second stop on the three-meet series that travels around the Mediterranean Sea. The first meet was held in Monaco, June 8-9. The meet and series concludes Sunday.

He became the third Texas A&M freshman swimmer to score individual points at the NCAA Championships and the first to do it in two events (200 IM and 200 fly).

He was named to the All-SEC Second Team in the 800 free relay and 400 medley relay plus the SEC All-Freshman team in the 200 backstroke. He was also an honorable mention All-American in the 200 IM.

In the 2018-19 season, the Aggies broke 11 school records, with Casas breaking two individual records — the 200 back (1 minutes, 39.84 seconds), the 200 IM (1:42.29) and four relays (200 free relay, 800 free relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay).