2017-18 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2017-18 NCAA Championships participant
2017-18 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships participant
2017-18 ACC Diver of the Week (Oct. 31, 2017)
2016-17 CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention
2016-17 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships participant
2015-16 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships participant
2017-18 (Junior): An NCAA Championships participant, competing in the men’s platform dive … An NCAA Zone B Diving Championships participant, competing in all three events – 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform dive … Tabbed the ACC Men’s Diver of the Week on Oct. 31 … Was Tech’s top diver all season long … Set a new school record in the 3-meter springboard dive with a score of 424.95 … Also had the top score on the season for Tech in both the 1-meter dive (359.40), which ranks fourth all-time in Tech history, and in the platform dive (367.40), which is third all-time in GT’s record books … His score of 424.95 in the 3-meter dive ranked first on the season in the ACC … Also ranked fifth in the ACC in the platform dive (367.40) and eighth in the conference in the 1-meter dive (359.40) on the year … Totaled 17 top-five finishes on the season … Swept the 1-meter (343.50) and 3-meter (305.63) diving events in the season-opening dual meet versus Pittsburgh … Also won both the 1-meter (329.03) and 3-meter (320.03) springboard events at Northwestern … Took first-place in both the 1-meter (359.40) and 3-meter (404.25) diving events in the home dual meet versus Delta State … Earned the win in the 3-meter dive (302.10) at Georgia … Finished first overall in both the 1-meter (346.95) and 3-meter (341.70) diving events at South Carolina … Took first overall in the 1-meter dive (322.58) and set the school record in the 3-meter dive (424.95) versus Emory … Picked up a pair of runner-up finishes in the 1-meter (304.35) and 3-meter (338.70) dives at Notre Dame … Placed third overall in the 1-meter dive (302.10) at Georgia … Finished third overall in both the 3-meter (350.30) and platform (367.40) dives at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Also placed fifth in the 1-meter dive (332.30) at the GT Invite … Finished fourth overall in the platform dive with a finals score of 317.45 at the 2018 ACC Championships … Also placed 10th overall in the 3-meter dive (327.80) and 20th in the 1-meter dive (270.90) at the conference championship meet … Finished sixth overall in the men’s platform dive (672.35) at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships … Also placed 16th overall in the 1-meter (585.55) and 31st in the 3-meter (276.00) dives at the zone diving championships … Scored a 298.65 to place 31st overall in the men’s platform dive at the 2018 NCAA Championships … A member of the team’s Leadership Council.
2016-17 (Sophomore): Tech’s top diver all season long, posting the highest score on the season in all three diving events – 340.80 in the 1-meter dive, 363.75 in the 3-meter dive and 353.25 in the platform dive … Recorded a new career-best mark of 340.80 in the 1-meter dive against Alabama … Also posted a new career-best score of 353.25 in the platform dive at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Placed 12th in the platform dive (640.25), 13th in the 1-meter dive (598.95) and 17th in the 3-meter dive (673.40) at the 2017 NCAA Zone B Championships … Finished seventh overall in the 3-meter dive (341.40) at the ACC Championships … Recorded first-place wins in the 3-meter dive in the double-dual meet versus Boston College and Pitt (314.75) and against Notre Dame (360.15) … Also earned a win in the 1-meter dive in the dual versus Alabama with a score of 340.80 … Placed second overall in the 1-meter dive at BC and Pitt (307.15), versus Notre Dame (296.40), against Georgia (326.70) and versus SCAD and FSU (326.48) … Also took runner-up honors in the 3-meter dive (357.00) versus the Bulldogs … Registered a third-place finish in the 1-meter dive (335.80) and a fourth-place showing in the 3-meter dive event (356.10) at the Georgia Tech Invitational … Finished the year with the sixth-best mark in the platform dive (353.25) in the ACC … Recognized as a 2016-17 CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention.
2015-16 (Freshman): Made an amazing comeback after sitting out his first semester with an injury … Got back on the boards in December 2015 … Second only to teammate Brad Homza scoring a 320.33 on 1-meter, a 373.13 on 3-meter and a 317.00 on platform … Dove his way into the top-16 at the 2016 ACC Championships with an 11th-place finish on the 3-meter dive and a 10th-place on the platform … Posted a career-best score of 348.15 on the platform at the 2016 NCAA Zone B Championships.
Before Tech: Lettered for four years on the diving team at El Modena High School in Orange, Calif. … A seven-time USA Diving Regional Champion from 2011-2015 in the 1-meter, 3-meter and the platform … 2014 Youth Olympic Games Qualifier … Four-time CIF Southern Section All-County diver in Orange County, Calif. and a four-time High School All-American … Competed at the 2014 USA Diving Junior Nationals (10th in 1m, 11th in 3m and 10th in platform) and at the 2015 Senior Nationals (11th in platform) … El Modena H.S. Athlete of the Year in 2015 … Led his team to four-straight Century League Diving Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 … Also guided his team to four-straight CIF Southern Section state runner-up finishes in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 … Scored a perfect 10.0 several times throughout his high school career.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Robert Casillas … Son of Raul and Julie Casillas … Born July 23, 1997 in Orange, Calif. … Has two older sisters – Monica and Amanda … Sister Amanda is a diver at the University of Utah … Uncle, Darrell Fick, was a swimmer at the University of Texas (1975-78) … Aunt, Graciela Casillas-Tortorelli, was a world champion kickboxer (1977-86) … A member of the Red Cross Club and the National Honor Society in high school … Named to the honor roll and was the 2015 AP Statistics Student of the Year in high school … An AP Scholar … Was the high school’s newspaper editor … Came to Tech for a change in lifestyle from California, the engineering program rankings, a scholarship opportunity and good team dynamic … Majoring in business administration.
|Casillas’ Career Top Scores (through 4/1/18)|
|1-meter||359.40||vs. Delta State (10/28/17)|
|3-meter||424.95||vs. Emory (1/27/18)|
|Platform||367.40||2017 Georgia Tech Invitational|