April 10, 2013
BERKELEY - Shields Swimming World Video Feature
Tom Shields, considered the most versatile swimmer in Cal men's swimming history, was featured on Swimming World's Morning Swim Show on April 2. Shields was also on the cover of the March 2013 edition of Swimming World magazine.
Shields, a senior from Huntington Beach, just concluded his Golden Bear career with NCAA titles in the 100 and 200 fly March 28-30 in Indianapolis. In his time at Cal, he was involved in 11 national titles, including winning the NCAA crown in the 100 fly as a freshman, the 100 fly as a sophomore, the 100 back and 100 fly as a junior and now the 100 and 200 fly as a senior.
Shields was also a member of five national champion relays - swimming the third leg of the 400 free relay and the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay in 2010 and 2011, and the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay in 2012.
He was a 17-time Pac-10/12 champion in either individual events or relays and along the way was named 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, the 2011 and 2013 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet and the 2012 NCAA Swimmer of the Meet.
Ervin was the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the 50-meter free (tied with Gary Hall, Jr.) and a three-time NCAA champion in the 100 free (2000-02, in 2000 because it was an Olympic year the event was swam in meters, in 2001 and 2002 it was swam in yards). He was the 2002 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and also won the NCAA 50-meter free title in 2000 and was a member of the national champion 400 medley relay (butterfly leg) in 2000 and the national champion 400 free relay (second leg) in 2002.
Ervin won nine Pac-10 conference titles as well (five relays, four individual). Besides winning the gold medal in the 50 free at the 2000 Olympics, He was a member of the gold medal-winning 400-meter medley relay and silver medal 400-meter free relay.