EINDHOVEN, Netherlands – Cal’s Tom Shields, who won 11 NCAA titles in his four seasons swimming under head coach David Durden, added to his list of accomplishments by setting an American record in the short-course 200-meter butterfly Wednesday (Aug. 7) with a time of 1:51.38 on day one of the FINA World Cup stop in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Shields’ record-setting swim placed him third in the 200-meter fly final, which was won by South Africa’s Chad Le Clos in a world-record time of 1:49.04. The previous American record of 1:51.90 was established by Davis Tarwater in December 2011.
Shields, from Huntington Beach, Calif., is one of a handful of Americans competing this week at FINA World Cup events in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Berlin, Germany. Complete results from the Eindhoven event, which wraps-up Thursday, are available here. Action in Berlin is set for Saturday and Sunday.
Additionally, broadcast coverage of the World Cup events is available via Universal Sports.
Shields concluded his Golden Bear career with 2013 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.