WATCH: Tom Shields Swim Historic 43.8 100 Yard Butterfly

2016 U.S. WINTER NATIONALS

On night 3 of the 2016 U.S. Winter Nationals, U.S. Olympian Tom Shields made history with the first ever sub-44 time in the 100 yard butterfly. Shields crushed the field, winning the race in a new American and U.S. Open Record time of 43.84. With that swim, Shields is now the fastest 100 yard butterflier of all time, surpassing Singapore’s Olympic champion Joseph Schooling.

Check out the video of the race below, courtesy of USA Swimming’s YouTube channel.

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. Before Shields lowered the record tonight, the previous American Record was a 44.18 done by Stanford’s Austin Staab in 2009. He also took down his own Championship Record, which he’d set at 44.88 at the 2012 U.S. Winter Nationals.

In addition to his incredibly fast 100 fly, Shields also swam the fastest flat start 50 fly ever. Read more about that race here.

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Ragnar
4 years ago

It’s great to see shields reach this milestone, hope this absolute speeds helps him continue to improve in his long course career as well. Go vols

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Ragnar
4 years ago

His best in long course is still to come ….and at the next SC worlds – he will kill that 100 fly .

Scott Morgan
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

lol

Person
Reply to  Scott Morgan
4 years ago

Why lol? He just dropped a chunk of time so at the very least he’s on track to do so at SC worlds too. And yes, time drops in SC do not mean time drops in LC, but still. He’s right on that 51 second mark, pretty sure he’s got enough motivation to drop.

Joel Lin
4 years ago

I’ll just go there…

Tom Shields will be the first textile sub 50.00 LCM 100m fly. He’ll do it this coming summer. I also think he’ll eventually break MP’s WR in the 100 fly, although that won’t come this summer.

49.93 in Summer 2017 for Tom Shields. Roll on you Bears.

Rookery
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

Gotta love the ridiculous predictions that follow every fast swim. Remember when Dressel was gonna go 46 in the 100 in Rio? The he barely broke 48? Or Haas was gonna break the LC WR in the 200? Shields best time is 51.06 and his biggest strength is halved in the LC pool. As amazing as it is to see a 43 SC, he’s not breaking 50 LC. Let’s be just a little bit more realistic.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Rookery
4 years ago

Or that Ryan Murphy was going to break the 100 back WR :)?

Rookery
Reply to  iLikePsych
4 years ago

Seeing as he had gone 52.18 previously, within 3 tenths of the record, I wouldn’t have called that one an outlandish prediction

Irish Ringer
Reply to  iLikePsych
4 years ago

The difference was that Murphy had been within a few tenths of the record, Shields is over a second away.

Person
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

Yes, 43.84 is incredibly fast, but Tom happens to be better at short course. I think it would be great for him to get under 51, but under 50 is a completely different story… if he does do it I owe you a dollar.

Bigly
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

I predict that Boomer Phelps will be the first textile sub 48.00 LCM 100 fly.

Swimmerstudy
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

Sorry schooling will be the first under 50 LCM he’s already 50 point and only swims two events the 1 and 2 fly.

Rookery
Reply to  Swimmerstudy
4 years ago

You mean the third

dru
Reply to  Swimmerstudy
4 years ago

schooling swam 100 free along with the 100 fly at Olympics (he dropped the 2fly)..

he has also talked about swimming 1 & 2 fly, 100 free and 200 IM at the next Olympics

shields is the one that seems content on swimming only fly events

mcmflyguy
Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

cant agree with you. while I love tom, he doesn’t have the strength. He has absolutely the best hands down underwaters, without a doubt. which is why the 43 was done. he will be close, hopefully but don’t think he will be “the one”

Bigly
4 years ago

His start was light years better than in the 50 fly/free. Bodes well for the 50 fly at Worlds.

He Gets It Done Again
4 years ago

4-4-4-6

18 strokes

ayee
4 years ago

Chad Le Clos went 44.25 in the 100 SCY fly at some meet in the US today, right around the same time Shields did this. Came back in a 23.46. Its on his Instagram Story.

Person
Reply to  ayee
4 years ago

So… 0.4 slower than Tom? Looking forward to SC worlds

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

This race looked similar to Ryan Hofer’s 41+ 100 free with the dominant underwaters.

completelyconquered
4 years ago

This record will stand until March and then the Olympic Champ will take it down.

Swimmerstudy
Reply to  completelyconquered
4 years ago

I hope so. But it seems like schooling is golfing and in Singapore more than in the pool if you look at his Instagram. But we’ll see I think jack is hungry for his own glory he’s already a 44.8 not tapered. So March will be fast.

Pau Hana
4 years ago

Wonderful race. Highlighted by Rowdy’s spending the first half of the race talking about Matt Biondi and Cal swimming history.

THEO
Reply to  Pau Hana
4 years ago

it really is amazing that somehow he is still the go-to announcer in our sport

karl
Reply to  THEO
4 years ago

I am always impressed by rowdy gaines insight. He is extremely knowledgeable and intelligent. Don’t be so quick to throw him away.

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