Feb. 9, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. -California sophomore Tom Shields has been named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for January, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today (Feb. 9). Shields, who as a freshman was the NCAA champion in the 100 butterfly, was also recently named one of 47 swimmers who will represent Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. The swimming competition will take place August 14-19.
Shields was instrumental in the Golden Bears' upending of then-No. 2 Arizona in Tucson, Jan. 22. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native captured the 200 freestyle (1:37.57), 200 butterfly (1:49.57) and 100 butterfly (47.85) against the Wildcats. Shields also swam the anchor leg of Cal's winning 400 free relay team.
Against Arizona State the day before, Shields won the 100 free (45.33) and swam the backstroke for the victorious 400 medley relay squad. The Bears moved to the No. 1 ranking in the TYR/CSCAA Poll following their strong performances in Arizona.
Most recently, Shields helped propel Cal to a 160-133 victory over No. 8-ranked USC Feb. 4 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal improved its Pac-10 dual meet record to 3-0 with the help of Shields' victories in the 200 free (1:36.19), the 200 back (1:44.35) and the 100 fly (46.92).
This is Shields' first career Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month honor and the fifth for the Cal men all-time.
The next dual meet competition for the Bears will be Saturday, Feb. 19 when they host Bay Area rival and No. 2 ranked Stanford beginning at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.