Shaine Casas Explodes to Third All-Time in 100 Back at Art Adamson Invite

Photo Courtesy: Connor Trimble

Third place all-time seems to be a popular move this weekend. Texas A&M junior Shaine Casas, nearly 24 hours after becoming the third fastest performer in history in the 200 IM, moved to the exact same spot in the 100 backstroke all-time rankings with a 43.87, becoming the third fastest performer in history as well as the fourth man to break 44 seconds in the event. Ryan Murphy still holds the American record from 2016 with a 43.49.

Casas improved on his best time of 44.40 from earlier this year where he sat tenth all-time.


All-Time Rankings Men’s 100 Backstroke SCY

  1. 43.49, Ryan Murphy, 2016
  2. 43.66, Dean Farris, 2019
  3. 43.87, Shaine Casas, 2020
  4. 43.98, Coleman Stewart, 2019
  5. 44.07, Nick Thoman, 2013

Shaine Casas also led off Texas A&M’s 200 medley relay team with a 20.82 as the Aggies won going away with a 1:24.21 with the team of Casas (20.82), Tanner Olson (23.09), Jace Brown (20.94) and Mark Theall (19.36).

Senior Theall won the 200 freestyle with a 1:32.98 ahead of teammate Coco Bratanov (1:33.70) and last year’s 100 free SEC champ Brooks Curry (1:33.75). Theall also swam on the 800 free relay team with a 1:33.99 lead-off leg as the Aggies won at 6:21.18 with Clayton Bobo (1:36.65), Bratanov (1:34.63) and Elijah Sohn (1:35.91).

A&M won all the men’s events on the night as Tanner Olson broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a 51.39 ahead of Andres Puente Bustamante (52.38) while the latter won the 400 IM at 3:45.46 ahead of Vincent Ribeiro (3:46.83).

Jace Brown took the 100 fly (47.54) while freshman Kraig Bray was second (47.97).

On the women’s side, Texas A&M nearly won every individual event but LSU got a win from Emilie Boll in the 100 breaststroke at 1:00.57.

The Aggies did start the day with a win in the medley relay at 1:39.13 with the team of Emma Carlton (25.25), Kylie Powers (28.26), Olivia Theall (23.87) and Chloe Stepanek (21.75). Stepanek picked up another win on the night in the 200 freestyle with a 1:44.40 and returned later in the night to anchor the winning 800 free relay at 1:47.10 where the Aggies won at 7:11.00. Haley Yelle (1:48.99), Jing Quah (1:46.44) and Camryn Toney (1:48.47) gave Stepanek the clean water to capture her seventh win on the weekend.

Quah took the 400 IM win at 4:09.09 while teammate Carlton won the 100 back at 53.56, ahead of Stepanek at 53.96. Senior Taylor Pike also won the 100 butterfly at 53.16.