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Men’s 200 Fly via Keith Report
Tom Shields swam the third-fastest 200 yard butterfly in history on Saturday with a 1:40.20, bettering his own personal best by about a tenth of a second. In the FINA World Cup series he did some great work on his finish and that showed up here with a four-second win.
Only Michael Phelps has been faster in the race, and though Shields is expected to rejoin the Cal lineup in January, this swim will probably not count as the NCAA record. That’s because he’s taking the semester off and is not officially representing Cal at this meet.
In 2nd was Denver Swim Academy senior Clark Smith in 1:44.58. The Texas Longhorn legacy, who has committed to swim collegiately in this pool next season for Eddie Reese, has been swimming beyond expectations all weekend long. That time was two-and-a-half seconds faster than his best coming into the meet – vital for the Longhorns who need to seriously beef up the depth in their butterfly group.
Arizona’s Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or was 3rd in 1:44.80, followed by his teammate Matthew Barber in 1:45.39. NCAP’s Andrew Seliskar, who set a breaststroke NAG Record earlier in this meet, was 5th in 1:45.44. That’s the second-best time in 15-16 age group history, though still three seconds behind the legendary Mr. Phelps.