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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tom Shields, From Body Surfing To Streamlining
From swimming and body surfing in the Pacific Ocean in his native Huntington Beach, called Surf City USA, to winning NCAA Championships, Shields is recognized as one of the fastest people to swim (streamline) underwater.
The young man is picking up steam like a bodysurfer catching a massive wave.
This week at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the college senior will end his career at the University of California Berkeley on a high note. Those years in his youth where he spent time body surfing in the ocean in Surf City USA have paid off handsomely. It was during the thousands of waves that he caught and all that time spent underwater in the surf where he honed his understanding of accelerated movement in the water and how to generate speed with body awareness and a strong coordinated core (see below).
On his record-setting swim around the Huntington Beach Pier, Shields was able to swim around one of the longest piers along the West Coast of the United States in 7 minutes 40 seconds at the annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim:
His streamlining underwater skills can be seen here at last year's NCAA Championships:
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