March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior standout Tom Shields concluded a remarkable college career by winning the national title in the 200 fly with an American record time of 1:39.65, tying Olympic legend Michael Phelps' time. The Golden Bears finish the NCAA championships second with 406.5 points, trailing only Michigan (480), after back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
"We had a nice finish to the national championship with Tom (Shields) setting an American record in the 200 fly," said Cal coach David Durden. "He has a tough schedule, and to set that record on his last individual swim is truly special. It was a nice finish for all of our seniors. They started their freshman year in second place at the NCAAs and they finish their senior year with a second place finish. In between, they won a couple of national championships. It was a good meet for us."
Led by Shields' NCAA, American and U.S. Open record-setting performance in the 200 fly, Cal surged to a hard fought second place team finish on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday (March 30) in Indianapolis. Durden's team, who in the last four years has two national titles and two national runner-up finishes, garnered two individual national titles in 2013 (Shields in the 100 and 200 fly), had three national runner-up finishes, and two third-place performances. The team also set four new school records at this year's meet in the 100 and 200 fly (Shields), the 400 IM (freshman Josh Prenot) and the 200 back (freshman Jacob Pebley).
Shields became an 11-time national champion en route to winning the 200 fly in a NCAA and school record time of 1:39.65. The Huntington Beach, Calif. product, who won his second national title of the meet after taking the victory in the 100 fly last night, now shares the American and U.S. Open record in this event with 22-time Olympic medalist and multiple world record holder Phelps. Shields becomes the second-winningest Bear in Cal swimming history, sharing the achievement with former teammate Nathan Adrian, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter freestyle and American record holder in the 50- and 100-yard free.
Shields concludes his collegiate swimming career with six individual national titles and five national champion relay performances. He is a NCAA, American and U.S. Open record holder, has four individual school records (100 and 200 fly, 200 free, 100 back), and is part of the 2011 national champion and school record setting 400 free relay team.
In the B final of the 200 fly, sophomore Will Hamilton placed 11th with a time of 1:44.01.
The Bears' freshman class decided to continue rewriting the school record books as Pebley swooped under the 1:40 barrier with a 1:39.71 performance for a new school record, placing third in the 200 back. Pebley, who led off the Pac-12 champion 400 medley relay just weeks ago, also placed seventh in the 100 back last night in his first NCAA Championship appearance. Fellow freshman Prenot broke his own school record in the 400 IM last night en route to placing fourth.
The Bears' breaststroke program was well represented tonight at IU Natatorium, where three Bears made it back from the preliminaries to secure two big final swims and one B final appearance in the 200 breaststroke. Senior Trevor Hoyt, who holds the team record in this event, finished his college career on a high as he raced to a 1:52.19 mark to place third. He was joined in the A final by Prenot, who clocked a time of 1:53.79 to finish in fifth. In the consolation final, sophomore Christian Higgins took 14th place with a time of 1:56.23. Kevin Cordes of Arizona took the national title in a new NCAA and American record of 1:48.79.
The first event of the night saw junior Jeremy Bagshaw crush his lifetime best with a time of 14:56.65 in the 1650 free, becoming the fifth fastest Bear to complete the mile in school history and placing him just outside of scoring contention in 18th place. Sophomore Adam Hinshaw placed 20th with a time of 14:57.31.
In the 100 free, sophomore Seth Stubblefield produced a massive morning swim to jump from a 35th seed into the top eight for a ticket to the big final. He clocked a 42.91 result to finish in seventh place. Stubblefield's morning performance of 42.68 is tenth best all-time in school history.
The 400 free relay team of Stubblefield, junior Marcin Tarczynski, Shields and senior Ben Hinshaw concluded the meet by winning the consolation final, taking ninth overall with a time of 2:52.28. USC was first in 2:48.33.
Tom Shields, Senior, California 2013 NCAA 200 Butterfly Champion On breaking the 200 fly record "I was thinking about it all day. I couldn't get it out of my head, especially after Vlad [Morozov] went the fastest time ever and Kevin [Cordes] did it twice today. I just thought if there's a time to do it, it's right now."
On if he thought it was possible to swim a 1:39 "My morning swim just felt too good to be true. As the day went on I just thought `This is possible'. I slept better than I ever have at NCAAs. I haven't always slept really well here - the wheels just keep turning and turning. But after last night, I felt amazing today."