Men’s 100 butterfly – 2014 Austin Grand Prix – as reported by Jared Anderson / SwimSwam
California pro Tom Shields was all over the 100 fly field in this one, going 52.72 to win handily. It’s a good sign for U.S. swimming enthusiasts to see Shields, well-known for his outstanding underwater work, continuing to find more and more success in long course swimming, where the impact of underwaters is cut down significantly.
A pair of athletes representing Stanford took home the second and third place prize monies – Eugene Godsoe went 53.69 and Jason Dunford was hot on his heels at 53.73.
SwimMAC’s Nick Thoman took fourth, going 54.10, just .07 ahead of NCAP 17-year-old Andrew Seliskar. Rounding out the field were Stanford grad Bobby Bollier, Canadian Coleman Allen and Germany’s Christian Diener.
Tom Luchsinger of NBAC blew away the B final, going 54.10, a time that would have tied him for fourth had he made the main event. Michael Andrew got back within a few tenths of a lifetime-best after a disappointing morning session, going 55.23 for 11th.