RGV native Shaine Casas finishes 6th in final trial, misses chance at Olympic spot

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OMAHA (KVEO) – Former McAllen Bulldog and current Texas A&M Aggie Swimmer Shaine Casas missed a chance to compete in the Olympics in 2021.

Shaine casas finished 6th in the 200m backstroke with a time of 1:57.64, finishing 3.44 behind first place. Only the Top 4 positions qualified for the U.S. Olympic team.

Casas advanced to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Trial final event for the 200-meter backstroke on Thursday after finishing in the Top 8 of the 16 swimmers competing in the semi-final race.

The three-time NCAA champion earned his spot in the 200-meter backstroke final with a preliminary time of 1:58.48, which was good for an eighth-place finish in the semi-final.

The finals event will take place on Friday at 7:45 p.m. The top four finishers will advance to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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