May 14, 2009
WALNUT, CALIF. - California incoming freshman, Tom Shields, broke the national high school record in the men's 200-yard freestyle yesterday (May 13) at the CIF Division I prelims in Walnut, Calif. Shields, a 6-3, 190-pounder from Huntington Beach (Edison High School) clocked a time of 1:33.83, smashing the public school record of 1:35.55 set by Eric Diehl in 1991. Shields' swim also topped the overall record of 1:34.96 set by Joe Hudepohl of St. Xavier High School in Ohio in 1991.
Shields also swims for the Mission Viejo Nadadores and competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, posting a time of 55.77 in the 100-meter butterfly. Swimming for the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2008 Victorian Championships in Australia, he held off the now retired Grant Hackett in the anchor leg of the 800-meter freestyle relay to give the United States the victory (7:30.86-7:31.29). Shields was the California Sectional Meet champion in the 200 fly and 200 free in 2008. He was the men's overall top scorer at last year's California Sectional Meet as well.
"I chose Cal because coach David Durden and assistant coach Greg Meehan are assembling a team of very strong young men...a team I want to be a part of," Shields said. "Strength and conditioning coach Nick Folker is awesome and I believe in the immense power dryland training gives swimmers. I just knew between the school, the coaches, and most of all the team, that Cal was the place for me."