Cal senior Tom Shields made three consecutive events with NCAA Records on Saturday night of the 2013 Men’s NCAA Championships; his 1:39.65 knocked 7-tenths off of his old collegiate record set at Pac-12′s in 2011. He had actually been faster than that (1:40.24) at Winter Nationals in late 2012, but because he took the semester off and wasn’t representing Cal at the meet, it didn’t count.
No, his 1:39.65 simply tied the 2010 200 fly swum by Michael Phelps, who without dispute is the greatest swimmer in history.
Shields said in his post-race interview that he actually got a tip before the race from Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman. Bowman told him that when he got a lead, he couldn’t slow and try to conserve energy; rather he needed to take off. So perhaps it’s only fitting that he sit alongside Phelps on this list, which in some respects is almost as great of an honor as breaking the record and holding that mantle alone.