Tom Shields Takes Down AR in 200 Fly; Eddie Wang Resets WJR

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Tom Shields Takes Down AR in 200 Fly; Eddie Wang Resets WJR

Tom Shields clocked in at 1:49.02 in the 200 butterfly for the LA Current at ISL Semifinal 2 Monday, trimming .03 off his American record. Shields has been a consistent force for the Current throughout this second season of the ISL, and has been one of the league’s elite performers in the butterfly.

The personal-best for Shields undercuts the 1:49.05 that he performed nearly five years ago, at the 2015 Duel in the Pool. Shields has endured a tumultuous time in his personal life since then, including a public battle with mental health, but he’s persevered to return to setting personal-bests.

Shields’ splits: 24.65, 25.79, 28.02, 28.76

It’s the top time in ISL this season, putting Shields in position to challenge the ISL record of 1:48.77 set by Daiya Seto last season. Shields’ previous season-best was 1:49.78. Shields picked up 15 points via the jackpot and is now 5-for-5 in the event this season.

Second in the race was Cali Condors’ Eddie Wang in 1:49.89. It’s the third time he’s re-set the world junior record this season. He went 1:50.79 in Match 1, then 1:50.14 in Match 10. Wang’s time is the second-quickest in ISL this season.