Tom Shields Throws Down 43.8 100 Fly for New American, U.S. Open Record

2016 U.S. WINTER NATIONALS

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields made history tonight, crushing the 100 fly field in a new American and U.S. Open Record time of 43.84. Shields is now the fastest 100 butterflier of all time, surpassing Olympic champion Joseph Schooling. At last season’s NCAAs, Schooling narrowly missed becoming the first man under 44 seconds with his 44.01, but Shields has now secured that title for himself. Shields had been sitting 6th on the all time top performers list coming into today with a 44.59 from 2013.

The previous American Record was a 44.18 done by Stanford’s Austin Staab in 2009. Before Shields broke the record tonight, Caeleb Dressel was the fastest American in textile with a 44.40 from 2016 NCAAs. In addition to the American and U.S. Open Records, Shields also broke his own Meet Record, which stood at a 44.88 from 2012 Winter Nationals.

All Time Top Performers Men’s 100 Fly:

  1. Tom Shields, USA, 43.84
  2. Joseph Schooling, SIN, 44.01
  3. Austin Staab, USA, 44.18
  4. Caeleb Dressel, 44.40
  5. Jack Conger, 44.55
  6. Albert Subirats, 44.57
  7. Tyler McGill, 44.63
  8. Ian Crocker, 44.72
  9. Giles Smith, 44.73
  10. Andrew Sansoucie, 44.86

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Leonardmatt
4 years ago

Absolute nuts

07\'
4 years ago

Oh man, I miss Albert Subirats!

Uberfan
Reply to  07\'
4 years ago

44 fly and back coupled with a 19.08 and 42.05

Rookery
Reply to  07\'
4 years ago

I knew a guy who was at Arizona at the same time as Subirats. Said he used to do underwaters with 3 power-tower buckets strapped to his waist

Pvdh
4 years ago

Holy crap. WR incoming at SC worlds

Pvdh
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I think Dressel and Schooling break this mark at NCAAs

SamH
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Yeah but Tom was first

Uberfan
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Schooling maybe I don’t see dressel though

Rjcid
4 years ago

Mic dropped

AvidSwimFan
4 years ago

This was fun to watch. Good for him. Wish him the best at Worlds SC championships.

TAa
4 years ago

Dude is in beast mode st the moment. I do think he missed his taper this past summer

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  TAa
4 years ago

I think so too – he will be hungry at Short Course Worlds – I predict a solid win in the 100 fly

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  TAa
4 years ago

Please, he’s a much better short course swimmer than he is long course. Last summer he was prepared but just isn’t on that level in LCM.

PVSFree
Reply to  CROOKED HILLARY
4 years ago

His best is 51.0, that would’ve been good for silver in Rio.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  PVSFree
4 years ago

“Would’ve” lol

Observer of swimming
4 years ago

Schooling probably needed this motivation coming off his gold. He and dressel can both beat this mark eventually I think.

Person
4 years ago

Tom! Well, I didn’t expect that. Amazing… so now Schooling has some motivation.

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