Tom Shields Swims 51.7 in 100 Fly at Cal-UCSD Long Course Session

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 33

February 08th, 2020 News

28-year old American Olympian and Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields swam a 51.73 in the 100 fly in long course meters on Saturday. Racing another exhibition swim on the 2nd day of competition between the UCSD and Cal collegiate programs, collegians and pros moved from yards swimming on Friday to meters swimming on Saturday.

That’s his best in-season time since the 2015 FINA World Cup series, where he swam 51.3 and 51.2 in Moscow and Paris within a week. Shields, who is reportedly unrested for this meet, swam a 51.59 to win gold at last summer’s Pan American Games in the 100 fly that was his season-best in the event.

Shields split 24.30/27.43 in the swim, which is almost identical to the 24.32/27.27 that he split to win gold at Pan Ams.

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In that 100 fly, the 2nd-place finisher was German National Teamer Marius Kusch in 51.83. Kusch, who trains with Team Elite in San Diego, was a dominant swimmer at NCAA Division II Queens and last summer swam the 6 best 100 long course meter fly times of his career. His 51.83 on Saturday would have matched his lifetime best coming into 2019.

On Friday, Shields swam a 1:38.80 in the 200 yard fly that was his lifetime best and makes him the 4th-best performer in history.

Other Highlights of the Long Course session:

  • Greek pro Kristian Gkolomeev won the men’s 100 free in 49.53 ahead of Kusch in 49.65. The top collegiate finisher was Cal’s Michael Jensen in 50.11.
  • The only female swimmers were pros (the women’s college teams aren’t participating in this meet). In the 200 free, Gabby DeLoof swam 1:59.99 to out-race little sister Catie DeLoof in 2:02.45.
  • Cal undergrad Daniel Carr swam a 53.64 in the 100 back. That’s just .14 seconds away from his lifetime best that was set at the Pan American Games last summer. That makes him the 3rd-best American in the event so far this season, behind Shaine Casas (53.14) and Matt Grevers (53.54)
  • Abrahm Devine, who is now training with Team Elite in San Diego after attending college at Stanford, swam 2:02.71 in the 200 IM. Backstroke Olympian Jacob Pebley, who has been racing more-and-more IM, swam 2:03.21. He also swam 1:59.54 in the 200 back, his specialty event.
  • Singapore Olympian Zheng Quah, who is a senior at Cal, swam 1:58.02 in his best event, the 200 fly. That’s only 2 seconds away from his lifetime best of 1:56.01.

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1 year ago

Shields doesn’t come out to play!

Reply to  Brian
1 year ago

Or you might say, Shields came out to play😏

The unoriginal Tim
1 year ago

Great swim. With the 200 Fly yesterday looks to be in the right place going in to trials.

1 year ago

Hoping Shields can drop a sub 51 fly by trials. I think that’s what its gonna take to make it.

Sean S
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Seeing what Rooney did last summer, that seems fair to say. Does seem like Shields is on track to get there.

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Didn’t Rooney go 50.3 last summer?

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
1 year ago

He set his PB at 50.68 last summer. Still really fast.

Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
1 year ago

I think that that second spot (behind Dressel of course) is going to be fought between Shields and Rooney, maybe Conger and Seliskar.

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Crazy to think that Conger is an outside shot at making the team now. Desorbo wya??

Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 year ago

Especially since he just fell short in making the team so many events at 2016 trials. 3rd in the 200 fly, 3rd in the 200 free (at least a relay spot), and 4th in the 100 fly. I honestly think his best chance is in the 200 fly, 100 fly is a maybe, I havent seen him swim a 200 free in a while, and I dont think he will be able to even final in the backstrokes anymore.

Will 37
Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Does he even focus on the 200fly anymore? I think I haven’t seen him doing 2fly at pro swim series in a long time.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 year ago

It is crazy. As in delusional.

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