Last week in Shenandoah, TX, Ike Casey became the first swimmer in Loras history to earn NCAA All-American honors. Casey traveled to Nationals for three events — the 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, and the 100 freestyle.
The first day of competition, Casey swam the 50 freestyle. In prelims, he swam a 20.45 putting him in 10th going into finals that night. Casey bettered his prelim time, swimming a 20.10, and finished ninth in the nation. This performance reset his own team record, and earned him honorable mention All- American honors.
Casey swam the 200 freestyle on his second day of competition. This is not a usual event for Casey to swim, but he was able to drop time nonetheless. He dropped over three seconds off his seed time, improving a 1:45.98 to a 1:42.45.
The last day of competition was when Casey made history. Casey went into his final nationals swim seated in fifth place. He swam his 100 freestyle in 44.40 seconds, finishing sixth in the nation. Coach Ben Gill spoke very highly of Casey and his performance.
“Ike had a great national swim meet. While we have had national qualifiers before (not since 2004), and even honorable mention All-Americans (top 16), Ike’s All-American status (top eight) was the first in Loras history.”
Coach Gill also highlighted Casey’s work ethic and character.
“Ike is very deserving of his honors, as he is one of the hardest working swimmers I’ve ever had that opportunity to work with and has been a great teammate and leader on our team this past year. I am so proud of his achievements, and know that there are more to come.”
Congratulations to Ike Casey on his achievements at the National swim meet. That wraps up Duhawk swimming for this year, but there are sure to be plenty more achievements in the future.