Shields: I think We Should Do This More Often (Video)

Reported by Robert Gibbs.


  • Saturday, October 21-Sunday, October 22
  • Uytengsu Aquatics Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 25 yards
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The second-ever USA Swimming College Challenge kicks off tonight in Los Angeles, CA.  This unique event features some of the top USA National Team swimmers, including professionals and high schoolers against the top stars from the Pac-12 Conference.


Tom Shields, the former US Open record in this event, used his classically great underwaters to win in 45.16, almost a second ahead of any other swimmers.  The Pac-12 blunted Shield’s victory by sweeping the next three spots, thanks to Justin Lynch (46.03), Matthew Josa (46.09), and Zheng Quah (46.31).  USA’s Michael Andrew (46.59), Jack Conger(46.62) and Pace Clark (47.61) took 5th-7th, while Justin Wright rounded out the times with a 48.43.


Tom Shields nabbed his second win out of lane 1 in 42.73. USC’s Dylan Carter followed in 42.95, then Daniel Krueger in 43.17, Michael Jensen in 43.22, Samuel Perry and Cameron Craig tied for 5th in 43.61, Matt Grevers was 7th in 43.65, and Ryan Murphy 8th in 44.11.

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Was there prize money or appearance money for the pros?

Dan Smith



yes, 500 for 1st, 300 for 2nd, 100 for 3rd, and relay money split.

Years of Plain Suck

Wow! Marshawn Lynch’s fine of $30,000 for leaving the sideline and shoving a ref (“Marshove” Lynch?) is equal to 60 FIRST PLACE FINISHES at this meet!


Tom – agree

E Gamble

People tend to forget that Tom Shields does three strokes really well. His fly back and free have always been fire in SCY. Make that paper Tom. ?

Steve Nolan

I guess you could say he does the fifth stroke really well.

Got them dolphins, braaah.


He’s the only person in history to go a 44 in his back and a 43 in his fly

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