For Tom Shields, 2013 turned out to be a great year in the pool.
After missing out on qualifying for the 2013 World Championships team, the 22-year-old swimmer redeemed himself on the 2013 world cup swimming circuit with seven medals and short-course meter American records in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events.
While swimming for Cal, Shields also won an NCAA title in the 200-yard butterfly, tying the American record time of 1:39.65 set by Michael Phelps.
In December, after swimming at the Duel in the Pool meet in Glasgow, Scotland, Shields took a moment to talk about his swimming accomplishments in 2013. The interview was posted on tv.Swimmingworldmagazine.com.
Here's how he summed up his year:
"Got done with my (college) eligibility finished that off great. Finally got a 200 fly win at NCAAs, that meant a lot to me… That was very personal," he said during the interview. "Went professional, missed out on worlds, that was a bummer, but I kind of feel like I got some redemption this year at the world cup circuit. I kind of made a name for myself and I'm really looking forward to heading into the long course Grand Prix season."
Shields said he plans to swim at the Austin Grand Prix meet later this month.
To see the entire interview with Shields, click here.