Shaine Casas poses at his home Thursday, Aug 8, 2019, in Mission. (Joel Martinez | [email protected])

Shaine Casas’ desire, immense talent and hard work continue to reward him.

The current member of the Texas A&M Swim Club, and former McAllen High standout swimmer, was selected to the 2019-2020 National Team, as USA Swimming announced its final roster Wednesday.

Casas earned a spot on the USA National Team in three events — the 100 back, the 200 back and the 200 individual medley. In the 100, arguably his strongest event, he qualified with a time of 52.72 seconds, which earned him a gold medal at the Phillips 66 National Championship, which was held July 31-Aug. 1. It was the seventh-fastest American time of all-time and the fastest time for an American teen — ever.

The 19-year-old Aggies sophomore’s 100 time is second only to Ryan Murphy, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the men’s 100-meter backstroke. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Murphy swept the backstroke events by winning gold in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke.

Murphy, 24, also sits atop the national team’s 200 back event with a time of 1:54.12. Austin Katz (1:55.57) is second and Casas (1:55.79) is third.

According to, which first reported the final roster for USA Swimming, the top six athletes in each individual Olympic event were selected, as determined by’s world ranking from Jan. 1 through Aug. 25.

Casas also made the team in the 200 individual medley, claiming the sixth and final roster spot with a time of 1:58.83. Ryan Lochte is also on the team roster for the 200 intermediate. Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist, tied as the second-most decorated Olympian.