Former McHi swimmer Shaine Casas wins national title

Former McAllen High swimmer Shaine Casas continued his big week Saturday at the Phillips 66 National Championships in California as his time of 52.72 in the men’s 100-meter backstroke final earned a national title and ranks as the fifth fastest time in the world in 2019.

The current Texas A&M sophomore swimmer qualified for the final by setting a personal record in the qualifying round with a time of 53.26, shattering his previous record of 54.51, which was recorded last summer. Casas’ final time of 52.72 ranks as the seventh fastest all-time for an American in the 100-meter backstroke, surpassing U.S. Olympic great Michael Phelps, who posted a 53.01 at the 2007 U.S. Nationals.

Casas is now in position to potentially earn a spot on the U.S. national team in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke events.

Earlier in the week, Casas earned a silver medal in the men’s 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:55.79 in the finals, which set a program record at A&M and currently stands sixth in the world for 2019. Casas’ time was only .07 of a second behind the first-place finisher, Austin Katz from the University of Texas. Katz and Casas now own the fifth- and sixth-place rankings in the 2019 World Rankings in the 200-meter backstroke, and the second and third times in the U.S.

He qualified for the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:57.09.

Casas added another Texas A&M school record to his name with a time of 49.17 in the men’s 100-meter freestyle as he went on to win the Group C Final.

During his first year with the Aggies, Casas broke six school records and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also the nation’s fastest freshman in the 200-yard backstroke.