Tom Shields 200 Fly Interview: “Last 50 hurt and my stroke fell apart”

2014 US Nationals – MEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – FINALS

As reported by SwimSwam:

It was all Tom Shields of California Aquatics in the final of the men’s 200 butterfly. He took it out very aggressivley, leading the first 50 and hitting the 100 in 54.22. Tyler Clary was in second down the third lap of the race. Clary tried reeling him in in the final 100, but Shields had too much of a lead. Shields touched the wall to secure his Pan Pac’s roster spot and the national title with his time of 1:55.09. Clary finished second with his time of 1:56.00. Chase Kalisz finished third, dropping slightly from his morning swim at 1:56.50. Finishing in fourth was Andrew Seliskar. He touched the wall at 1:56.65, just off of the junior world record in this event of 1:56.42. Kyle Whitaker went 1:56.67 to finish fifth, followed by Bobbly Bollier at 1:57.95.

Rounding out the top 8 of the men’s 200 butterfly was Tom Luchsinger and John Martens at 1:58.13 and 1:58.27.

Ben Colley from North Carolina Aquatic Club looked strong, pulling ahead on the third 50 of the men’s 200 butterfly. He touched the wall to win a 1:56.54. That is just over a second drop for Colley from his morning swim, moving him into the top 20 in the world this year. Steve Schmuhl finished second from lane 8 with his time of 1:58.64.

Justin Lynch from Terrapins Swim Club dropped over a second from his morning swim to win the C-final of the men’s 200 butterfly with his time of 1:59.26.

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Why would you put that one sentence as a title for this article? “Last 50 hurt and my stroke fell apart”. He only bested his time by 2 seconds!

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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