Former McAllen High swimmer Shaine Casas good as gold

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“… he’s destroying the field.”

Broadcaster Rowdy Gains’ voice blared over NBC Sports as Shaine Casas did just that — annihilating the field during the 100-meter backstroke. His time of 52.72 seconds earned him a gold medal at the Phillips 66 National Championship. It was the seventh-fastest American all-time mark and the fastest time for an American teen — ever.

“I watched one of the races,” Casas said of the 100-meter backstroke race, “it was crazy to watch. It wasn’t the way I saw it in my head — in my head the guys were right on me, but I had a pretty big lead.”

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