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Shields Sets American Record

Oct 9, 2021
Cal alumnus ('13) Tom Shields became the first American male to get under the 22-second mark (21.99) in the short-course 50-meter butterfly.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Former California standout swimmer Tom Shields set an American record in the men's short-course 50-meter butterfly on Saturday at the second stop on the 2021 FINA World Cup circuit.
Shields blasted a 21.99-second victory in Budapest, besting the field by .25 en route to lowering the American record formerly held by Caeleb Dressel (22.04, 2020). The 2013 Cal alumnus and two-time Olympic gold medalist became the first American to get under the 22-second mark in the 50 SCM fly. Shields' previous personal best was 22.09, set last week in Berlin at the first FINA World Cup stop.
The performance also elevated Shields to the world's sixth-fastest male swimmer in the event.
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