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For each of the past three seasons, McAllen’s Shaine Casas has led the United States in the 200-meter individual medley.

Casas, a McAllen High alum, advanced to Friday’s finals in that same event for a shot at  the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Casas won his heat and has the second fastest time going into the finals at 1 minute, 57.87 seconds. Chase Kalisz won the first heat with an overall best time of 1:56.83.

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Casas swam in the first of two semifinals and posted a time of 1 minute, 59.10 seconds to reach the semis. He entered the event as the top seed in the 200 IM in 1:56.06. He will compete in the finals at 7 p.m. Friday.

Casas also has the second fastest time entering the 100-meter Butterfly. The heats and the semifinals will take place on Friday and the final is scheduled for Saturday. His time of 50.80 in that event places him behind Dare Russell, whose qualifying time is 50.46 and ahead of Caleb Dressel at 50.84.

An 11-time world championship medalist and three-time NCAA champion, Casas barely missed qualifying for the 2020 Olympics, a stunner for him and more in the swimming world. After that, he quit swimming for a couple of months to regroup.

“I feel great,” Casas said during a recent phone interview with “The result I had last time taught me a lot about myself and the sport. It’s great to win but sometimes losing teaches you more than winning.

“Everything I’ve been through since then — the obstacles and the growth — have given me confidence as an athlete and as a person. I’ve been through hard times and some great times and have been able to make the best of things in both situations.”