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)

Underwater coverage of Tom Shields 200 butterfly NCAA Record:

Above the water coverage of Tom Shields 200 butterfly NCAA Record:

Follow Tom “Beefy T” Shields on Twitter here. 

Go to Tom Shields’ new website here. 


In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Campbell Carsley
8 years ago

hello, I was just wondering where the video went for the underwater shots of Tom shields, it isn’t coming up?

9 years ago

J.M. He finaled at US Trials last year, safe to say he’s capable of long course speed. Training for a 200fly short course doesn’t guarantee it, but would think there is some transferance/a good chance his LC 100fly will be fast. 50s a crapshoot with Any number of 50 guys who will try their hand at it.

9 years ago

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

9 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

9 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

9 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…

Reply to  coacherik
9 years ago

Good point.

9 years ago

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


Joel Lin
9 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…

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, …

Read More »