Shaine Casas making name for himself, competing in Olympic trials this summer

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The Aggie men's swimming and diving team is in the midst of one of their best seasons in school history, currently ranked fifth in the country in dual meet rankings.

Among a team full of impressive and talented swimmers and divers, one individual is aspiring for more.

Sophomore Shaine Casas has an impressive resume. As a freshman, he broke six school records and was a national champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships in July 2018.

"I'd say it was a good year, but it wasn't the year I wanted so it kind of gave me a little bit of motivation to go into the summer," said Casas. "Selfishly I want a little more. As an athlete, you always want more of yourself."

Casas's success continues this year with becoming the fastest teenager of all time and the 10th fastest swimmer of all time in the 200 individual medley. But he wasn't always the most dominant swimmer.

"Even going into college I wasn't necessarily the best, but with just time and development it started to set itself like that," said Casas.

The coaches at Texas A&M saw his potential from the beginning.

"We had visions of who he was going to be. In the recruiting battle, there were other people that really wanted him but I'm not sure everyone knew this kid from McCallen, Texas," said Jay Holmes, the Texas A&M swim coach.

The visions the swim coaches had were right. Casas has earned a spot on the US National Team and will compete in his first Olympic trials this summer.

"I still am 20 years old. I have plenty of time for me, but I definitely do think it's my time coming up and there's a lot of focus toward that," said Casas.

"We just see what his whole career can be and it's not going to be defined but this whole thing this summer," said Holmes. "He's got a lot of swimming in him."

SEC Championships start on Feb. 18 in Auburn, Alabama.

Olympic swimming trials start on Jun. 21 in Omaha, Nebraska.