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MAKING A SPLASH!
MAKING A SPLASH!
MAKING A SPLASH!
MAKING A SPLASH!

MAKING A SPLASH! That tank has served him incredibly well already. A sophomore on the nationally ranked Texas A&M swimming and diving team, Casas has burst onto the world wide swimming scene as one of the United States’ next superstars. Currently, Casas holds eight times ranked in the top 25 times nationally. He’s first in the 100 back (44.48 seconds), and 200 IM (1:40.16), second in the 50 back (21.07) and 200 back (1:38.21), third in the 100 fly (45.26) and ninth, 19th and 25th in the 200 free, 50 free and 100 free, respectively. Casa just recently turned 20. was selected to the 2019-2020 USA National Team, earning a spot in the 100 back, the 200 back and the 200 intermediate. In the 100, arguably his strongest event, he qualified with a time of 52.72 seconds, which earned him a gold medal at the Phillips 66 National Championship, It was the seventh fastest American time and the fastest time for an American teen — ever. At the time, the Aggie’s 100 time was second only to Ryan Murphy, a threetime Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the men’s 100-meter backstroke. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Murphy swept the backstroke events by winning gold in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke. Casas also made the team in the 200 intermediate, claiming the sixth and final roster spot with a time of 1:58.83. Ryan Lochte is also on the team roster for the 200 intermediate. Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist, tied as the second-most decorated Olympian. Led by Casas, the No. 10 ranked Aggies won the Art Adamson Invitational for the third straight year. Casas posted nation-leading times to win four individual events. Casas recorded A-cut times in the 200 IM (1:40.16), the 100 back (44.48) and the 200 back (1:38.21) as well as a B-cut time in the 100 fly (45.26). He is now the eighth fastest performer of all time in the 200 back and 10th fastest swimmer of all time in the 200 IM. Casas was also a part of the winning 400 medley relay (3:06.68/45.57). Casas everything exploded for Casas during the past summer, which he described as “not really too exciting, just swimming, class, study hall and sleeping,” but then added that the end of the summer it “really picked up. traveling to an international meet in France and Spain.” Casas registered the second-fastest swim of his career at the time to snag silver in 1:59.50 in ...

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