OMAHA (KVEO) — McAllen High School graduate and Texas A&M swimmer Shaine Casas continues to compete at the highest level for a chance at qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games.
For that, Casas is the Valley Sports Central Athlete of the Week.
Casas finished third in the 100-meter backstroke final on Tuesday night with a time of 52.76, missing his first chance at qualifying for the 2020 Olympic games.
Casas lead the group at the turn, but three-time gold medalist Ryan Murphy overtook Casas to finish with a time of 52.33, followed by Hunter Armstrong in second at 52.48.
Casas will compete in two other events, the 200-meter backstroke and the 100-meter fly in hopes of qualifying for the games.
The 200-meter backstroke preliminary qualifying will take place at 10:22 a.m. on Thursday. The 100-meter fly preliminary round will be at 11:01 a.m. on Friday.