Exclusive Video: Tom Shields 200 Butterfly Underwater Breakdown

Tom Shields swims for the Cal Golden Bears under Coach David Durden. Shields broke the 200 yard butterfly NCAA record at the 2013 Men’s DI Swimming and Diving Championships.

Tom Shields 200 yard butterfly breakdown:

1st 25: 7 dolphin kicks – 5 strokes

2nd 25: 8 dolphin kicks – 5 strokes

50: 22.27 

1st 25: 8 dolphin kicks – 5 strokes

2nd 25: 8 dolphin kicks – 5 strokes 

100: 48.04 (25.77)

1st 25: 8 dolphin kicks – 5 strokes

2nd 25: 8 dolphin kicks – 5 strokes (but a long floating reach at the end)

150: 1:13.79 (25.75)

1st 25: 7 dolphin kicks – 6 strokes (finishing perfectly on the wall)

2nd 25: 8 dolphin kicks – 6 strokes (and a slight reach at the end, a little glide, to reach the finish)

200: 1:39.65 (25.86)

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AJ
8 years ago

Are you allowed to take an extra dolphin kick into the wall after a complete stroke cycle has been performed?

PsychoDad
Reply to  AJ
8 years ago

There is no stroke cycle in fly – only breaststroke has stroke cycle. You can kick as much as you want – you can have 5 kicks and one stroke as long as you do not pull your arms back, for example.

PsychoDad
Reply to  PsychoDad
8 years ago

>as long as you do not pull your arms back

I meant this when you do only kicking, not on stroke off course. You cannot do underwater recovery and one part of arms (not including hand) must break surface.

Admin
Reply to  AJ
8 years ago

AJ – yes. The only thing that people get caught on coming into the wall on butterfly (and usually in the younger groups) is an underwater recovery on the final stroke, as PsychoDad pointed out.

Aj
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 years ago

Thank you…..I just noticed a small dolphin kick into the wall as he approached his turn. wondered if it would have been a DQ

PsychoDad
8 years ago

Wow! Great feature swimswam!!! Love this. His underwaters are great. One thing young swimmers, and many older ones do not know and appreciate is off the wall glide on turns. That is a very important part of longer distance SCY events. His kicks are great both underwaters and strokes.
One more thing to notice is not too much undulation and wasted up and down motion – just enough to help his stroke.

Joel Lin
8 years ago

Crazy simple and easy looking. You watch Tom Shields and start to wonder what the big deal is to go 1:39 in 200 fly. His whole race was just as a matter of fact elementary looking. Then you realize…

PsychoDad
8 years ago

Shields’ underwaters are great, but for even better underwaters see video below; Matt Jaukovic’ world record on 50 SCM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66BwpFf4xnM

coacherik
8 years ago

Don’t think it’s fair to compare the underwater kick on a suited 50 fly to a 200fly kick/strategy. Shields was 21.7 on his first 50 of the 100, 19.6 on the 1st 50 in the 400 medley relay, 19.7 on the 200med finals. Even at .7 that’s 20.3 flat start. Pretty sure those are equally proficient to your example…

PsychoDad
Reply to  coacherik
8 years ago

Good point.

Ben
8 years ago

This is like the epitome of what I want to see. Please find as many of these kinds of videos as you can

jean-michel
8 years ago

I am truly interested to see what he can do at trials on 50 and 100 butterfly …even though he didn’t really train for Long course races . He is gifted for butterfly . Very good videos and comments guys . Very interesting topic

8 years ago

great stats, really shows the importance of the underwaters in scy

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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