Swimming: Joseph Schooling finishes third in NCAA 50-yard freestyle final

Joseph Schooling finished third in the 50-yard freestyle final at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Joseph Schooling finished third in the 50-yard freestyle final at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Olympic champion Joseph Schooling won his first individual freestyle medal at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indiana, clocking 18.79sec to finish third in the 50-yard freestyle final on Thursday (Friday morning, Singapore time).

Defending champion Caeleb Dressel won the event in 18.23sec, while Ryan Held was second (18.6sec)

Schooling, a University of Texas (UT) junior had earlier won his heat in 18.77sec to be the second-fastest out of 51 competitors. Dressel, a University of Florida junior, was the top finisher in the heats with 18.38sec.

Schooling, 21, also raced in the 400-yard medley relay final alongside UT team-mates John Shebat, Will Licon and Brett Ringgold. The quartet won the race in 2min 59.22sec, a meet record.

The Singaporean also anchored UT's 200-yd freestyle relay team to the gold.

Schooling will next defend his 100-yard NCAA butterfly title on Friday from 10pm (Singapore time).

He holds the meet record of 44.01sec in the event.