Shields Wanted 52 Low in 100 Fly, But Happy with Grand Prix Win (Video Interview)

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.

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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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