Swimming: Schooling bags gold in 100 yard butterfly at Big 12 Championships in US

Joseph Schooling won the 100 yard butterfly event at the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas.
Joseph Schooling won the 100 yard butterfly event at the Big 12 Championships in Austin, Texas.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - After finishing second in the event a year ago, swimmer Joseph Schooling went one better this time as he captured the 100 yard butterfly event at the Big 12 Championships in Austin on Friday.

The 20-year-old Singaporean clocked 44.62 seconds to beat his University of Texas teammate Jack Conger (45.28sec) with another Longhorn Will Glass (46.01sec) third at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Schooling's effort was also sixth-fastest time ever in the 100 yard fly, behind Austin Staab (44.18sec), Schooling (44.51sec), Conger (44.55sec), Albert Subirats (44.57) and Tom Shields (44.59).

Schooling, who won a 100m fly bronze medal at last year's Fina World Championship, then teamed up with John Murray, Tate Jackson and Brett Ringgold to clock 1min 17.10sec to win 200 yard relay.

The Longhorn's men's team are on course to win the competition. They lead with 712 points with West Virginia in second place with 566 points. The women's team also lead their division with 707 points while Kansas trails with 434.5 points.

The meet ends on Saturday (US time).