Texas A&M’s Casas Garners Silver at 2019 US Nationals

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STANFORD, Calif. – Texas A&M rising sophomore Shaine Casas, earned silver in the 200m backstroke on Thursday at the Phillips 66 National Championships at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center. Casas’ time was sixth in the world, and set a new school record.

Casas swam a 1:57.09 in the preliminary round before lowering his time by two seconds to 1:55.79 in the final. Juan Rocha also competed in the men’s 200m backstroke and touched the wall in 2:06.91.

Texas A&M men’s swimming had five Aggies go head-to-head in the men’s 200m freestyle. Mark Theall broke a school record with his 1:47.93 time. He moved on to the B Final and finished second, while also breaking another school record as he lowered his time to 1:47.19. Steven Richardson was 74th (1:51.60), Adam Koster finished 92nd (1:52.08), Clayton Bobo was 116th (1:54.09) and Luke Stuart ranked 125th (1:55.80).

Five Aggies also competed in the men’s 200m breaststroke. Benjamin Walker finished 10th in his preliminary swim with a time of 2:12.93. He finished 11th overall after swimming in the B Final, lowering his time to 2:12.52. Jonathan Tybur advanced to the B Final with his time of 2:13.03 in the prelims. He finished 13th overall after touching the wall in 2:12.03. Hudson Smith finished 69th (2:20.52), Kayolan Bratanov was 75th (2:20.50) and Jacob Schababerle was 76th (2:20.52).

Two Aggies participated in the women’s 200m freestyle. Karling Hemstreet finished 43rd with a time of 2:02.12 and Haley Yelle clocked in at 2:07.55 finishing 97th.

In the women’s 200m breaststroke, Victoria Roubique touched the wall in 2:32.99 to finished 38th. Kylie Powers’ time of 2:35.36 helped her move on to the D Finals where she lowered her time to 2:34. 74. A&M’s former swimmer and Olympian Gold Medalist Breeja Larson, also competed and clocked in at 2:29.90. She was the C Finals winner and lowered her time to 2:27.16.

The women’s 200m freestyle relay capped off action for the day. Raena Eldridge had the lead off leg for the Aggies and had a memorable split of 55.80 to become an Olympic Trials qualifier. Camryn Toney had a split of 58.15, followed by Karling Hemstreet (56.93) and Emma Carlton (56.73).

The 2019 Phillips 66 National Championships continues on Friday and will conclude Sunday, August 4 in Stanford, Calif.


Women’s 200 LC Meter Freestyle Preliminary

43) Karling Hemstreet – 2:02.12 (Equals Best Time)

97) Haley Yelle – 2:07.55

Men’s 200 LC Meter Freestyle Preliminary

9) Mark Theall – 1:47.93 (Best Time and School Record)

74) Steven Richardson – 1:51.60

92) Adam Koster – 1:52.08 (Best Time)

116) Clayton Bobo – 1:54.09

125) Luke Stuart – 1:55.80

B Final

2) Mark Theall – 1:47.19 (School Record and Dropped 5” this season)

Women’s 200 LC Meter Breaststroke Preliminary

38) Victoria Roubique – 2:32.99

56) Kylie Powers – 2:35.36 (D Finals)

19) Breeja Larson – 2:29.90 (C Finals)

C Final

1) Breeja Larson – 2:27.16 (C Finals Winner)

D Final

7) Kylie Powers – 2:34.74

Men’s 200 LC Meter Breaststroke Preliminary

10) Benjamin Walker – 2:12.93 (B Final)

12) Jonathan Tybur – 2:13.03 (B Final)

69) Hudson Smith – 2:20.52

75) Kaloyan Bratanov – 2:20.50 (Best Time)

76) Jacob Schababerle – 2:20.52

B Final

3) Benjamin Walker – 2:12.52 (11th overall)

5) Jonathan Tybur – 2:12.88 (13th overall)

Men’s 200 LC Meter Backstroke Preliminary

2) Shaine Casas – 1:57.09 (Best Time)

71) Juan Rocha – 2:06.91

A Final

2) Shaine Casas – 1:55.79 (#6 Time in the World and a new school record)

Women’s Freestyle 4x100 Meter Final – Ninth – 3:47.61

Raena Eldridge – 55.80 (Olympic Trials Qualifier)

Camryn Toney – 58.15

Karling Hemstreet – 56.93

Emma Carlton -56.73

Men’s 200 Free Time Trial:

Felipe Rizzo – 1:52.8 (Best Time)

Men’s 400 Free Time Trial:

Jake Gibbons – 4:02.47 (Best Time)

Men’s 50 Free Time Trial:

Mike Thibert – 23.27

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