Tom Shields Heading To Tokyo
OMAHA, Neb. – California alumnus and post-graduate swimmer Tom Shields is heading back to the Olympics following a second-place finish in the 100-meter butterfly Saturday night at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
Shields, a 2016 Olympic finalist in the 100 fly, was 23.60 in the first 50 meters before touching the wall in 51.19 behind Caeleb Dressel (49.87). His finals swim was .01 faster than Friday night's semifinal performance, which earned him the second seed Saturday. Shields was closely followed by fourth-place finisher Trenton Julian (51.78), who capped an impressive week at Trials with his third final of the meet.
Three-time Olympian Nathan Adrian (21.78) kept his Tokyo dreams alive Saturday with a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle semifinals, plenty fast enough to earn him a spot in Sunday's final. Adrian, who didn't qualify for the 100 free final earlier this week, has a shot at clinching U.S. Olympic roster spot with a top-two finish in the 50 free final.
Full results from Saturday's finals and semis can be viewed here.
100 Fly (Final)
2. Tom Shields (51.19)
T4. Trenton Julian (51.78)
50 Free (Semis)
3. Nathan Adrian (21.78)
All eyes will be on Adrian's attempt to qualify for a fourth Olympic Games in the 50 free final Sunday night. The eighth and final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials will not feature any preliminaries, just three finals (men's & women's 50 free, men's 1500 free). The action will start at 5:15 p.m. PT on NBC/NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com.
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