Success On The World Stage
ABU DHABI, U.A.E. – Four current or former members of the California men's swimming & diving program competed for their countries at the 2021 FINA Short-Course World Championships this past week with a pair of Americans earning home five total medals over the course of six days.
Fifth-year senior Trenton Julian won three medals (two gold, one silver) and alumnus Tom Shields collected two more (one gold, one bronze) while representing the United States. Shields also served as a team caption for the Americans at the meet. Also competing were Hugo González (Spain) and Ziyad Saleem (Sudan).
Julian helped Team USA set an American record (6:47.00) and win gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay with a 1:41.35 split. His second gold medal came in the 4x50m medley relay (1:30.51) as he swam on the prelim. His 49.36 butterfly split then contributed to Team USA's runner-up finish in the 4x100m medley relay (3:20.50). The Glendale, Calif., native was also a finalist in the 200m fly, taking fourth place in 1:50.01 to become the second-fastest American in event history.
Shields, coming off a busy stretch at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the latest season of the International Swimming League, earned his pair of medals in the 4x100m free relay (bronze) and the 4x50m medley relay (gold). Individually, Shields placed sixth in the 100m fly (49.80) and seventh in the 50m fly (22.42).
González swam in five different events, earning his best finish of ninth place in the 200m backstroke (1:52.47). He also competed in the 200m individual medley, 50 back, 100 back and 100 free.
Saleem took 43rd and 29th in the 100 and 200 back events.
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