Swimming: Double boost for Schooling with Lopez and Reese in Rio

Joseph Schooling waving the Singapore flag at the Munhak Park Tae Hwan Aquatics Center  in 2014.
Joseph Schooling waving the Singapore flag at the Munhak Park Tae Hwan Aquatics Center in 2014.PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling is eyeing Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro next month, and he will have the two coaches instrumental in his development by his side in Brazil.

Besides national coach Sergio Lopez, who coached the butterfly specialist for five years at the Bolles School in Florida, Schooling's University of Texas coach Eddie Reese will also be guiding him in Brazil.

Reese was in contention for a coaching position on the United States Olympic swimming team but he is now slated to be part of the Team Singapore contingent at the Games.

Yesterday, Singapore National Olympic Council secretary-general Chris Chan said: "We have submitted an application to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee to request accreditation for Eddie Reese and are awaiting their response on the application."

Schooling, 21, told The Straits Times: "I am excited about going to the Olympics with two of my coaches. This could not have turned out better."

Reese is one of the most respected coaches in the US swimming scene and is a three-time head coach of the Olympic men's swimming team (1992, 2004 and 2008).

The 74-year-old is also the most successful swimming coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history, winning 12 team titles in 38 seasons with the Longhorns.

Under Reese's guidance, Schooling won and then retained the 100 and 200 yards fly titles in his two years competing in the NCAA championships.

He was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in his freshman season before winning the big gong, the Swimmer of the Year in his sophomore campaign.

Their collaboration also coincided with him finishing third in the 100m fly at the Fina World Championships last August - Singapore's first medal at the biennial meet.

Schooling, who has an Asian Games gold and Commonwealth Games silver in the 100m fly, then beat superstar Michael Phelps in the same event at last month's Longhorn Aquatics Elite Invite.

Results like these mean the Singaporean is now among the medal contenders for the 100m fly in Rio next month, alongside reigning Olympic champion Phelps and current world champion Chad le Clos.

Singapore will be fielding three swimmers at the Olympics - the other two being siblings Quah Ting Wen and Quah Zheng Wen.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2016, with the headline 'Double boost for Schooling with Lopez and Reese in Rio'. Print Edition | Subscribe