Swimming: Joseph Schooling fails to make NCAA 200-yard fly final; Zheng Wen advances

Singapore's Joseph Schooling (left) and Quah Zheng Wen with their gold and bronze medals respectively from the men's 50m butterfly during the 28th SEA Games at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 10, 2015.
Singapore's Joseph Schooling (left) and Quah Zheng Wen with their gold and bronze medals respectively from the men's 50m butterfly during the 28th SEA Games at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on June 10, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two-time defending champion Joseph Schooling did not advance to the 200-yard butterfly final on the last day of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indiana on Saturday (March 25).

The Singaporean University of Texas junior clocked 1min 45.47sec to finish last in his heat, while compatriot Quah Zheng Wen posted 1min 40.44sec to win the same heat.

Quah, 20, was second overall. Schooling's team-mate Jack Conger topped the overall heats with 1min 39.88sec.

Quah, a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, is making his NCAA debut at the March 22-25 Championships.

He swam his first individual NCAA final on Friday (Saturday morning, Singapore time), clocking 45.06sec to place fifth in the 100-yd butterfly race.

Schooling, 21, finished the 100-yd fly in second place with 43.75sec. He then bounced back in the 200-yd medley relay to help the University of Texas (UT) to gold with a new NCAA mark of 1min 21.54sec.

He holds the 200-yd butterfly NCAA record of 1:37.97.

The finals begin from 6am on Sunday (Singapore time).