USA Swimming Introduces 2016 Olympic Team: Tom Shields

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Tom Shields finished second to Michael Phelps in the 100 and 200 butterfly at Olympic Trials in order to qualify for his first Olympic Team. Shields talked about the impact Phelps has made on him. The first time they swam in a race at the same time, Shields was struck by the power of the GOAT’s underwaters, and dialed in on the fifth stroke for the next ten years.

The Cal swimmer also reflects on his father’s involvement in his early swimming career. He shares a special fact about a high school record his father held, but Shields broke.