BERLIN, Germany – Continuing his assault on the record books, Cal’s Tom Shields broke another American record in short course meters competition, this time setting a national mark in the 100-meter fly (scm) with a time of 49.01 Sunday (Aug. 11) during the FINA World Cup in Berlin, Germany.
Shields, who on Aug. 7 had set an American short course record in the 200-meter fly (1:51.38) in the Netherlands, edged Russia’s Chad Le Clos (49.42) and Germany’s Steffen Deibler (49.72) to capture gold on Sunday. The world record for the 100-meter fly (scm) is 48.48, set by Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin in 2009. Shields topped the former American record of 49.04 set by Ian Crocker in 2004.
On Saturday (Aug. 10) in Berlin, Shields had finished fourth in the 200-meter fly, yet reset the American record in the event with a time of 1:51.31.
Shields, from Huntington Beach, Calif., won 11 NCAA titles in his four seasons swimming under head coach David Durden. Complete results from the Berlin FINA event are available Here.
Additionally, broadcast coverage of the World Cup events is available via Universal Sports Here.
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.