AUSTIN, Texas, December 4. TOM Shields had two widely different opinions about his butterfly races at the 2012 USA Swimming winter nationals, despite winning both in times that would seem unreachable by anyone else in the country.
After winning the 100-yard butterfly in 44.88, Shields said the performance was “frustrating,” because he's been hovering in the high 49-second range for three years, even though his time last weekend was done unshaved.
Watch the 100 fly race in the video player below:
What Shields said he learned from the 100 fly race was to make his underwater kicks more aggressive, and it appears he applied that in the 200 fly final the following day, where he swam to a lifetime best time. Watch the race below:
Shields was more ecstatic about his 200 fly, noting how he changed his mindset toward performing his underwater kicks. He also mentioned in his post-race interview the advice Bob Bowman gave him in regards to the final 25 yards of the race:
More post-race video interviews from the 2012 USA winter nationals are available on our SwimmingWorld.TV landing page!