Swimming: Joseph Schooling's Texas Longhorns team win 200-yard medley relay at Big 12 Championships

Joseph Schooling gestures after winning the men's swimming 100m freestyle event at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 24, 2017.
Joseph Schooling gestures after winning the men's swimming 100m freestyle event at the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 24, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Joseph Schooling is shaping up well for his last National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) meet next month, after helping his University of Texas (UT) swim team win the men's 200-yard medley relay at the Big 12 Championships on Thursday morning (Singapore time).

The 22-year-old senior clocked 19.60 seconds for his leg, as the Texas Longhorns cruised to victory in 1min 24.30sec, although it was way off the NCAA Division I and US Open record of 1:21.54 UT clocked at the NCAA meet last March.

West Virginia University (1:25.97) were second this morning, while Texas Christian University took third place (1:29.07).

Schooling's time in his 50-yd fly leg was also the best this season, although relay starts can be 0.6-1sec faster than flat starts, or starting off the blocks, because of the momentum that a swimmer can generate by swinging his arms or rocking his body before jumping into the water.

University of Iowa's Michal Brzus (21.01sec) is the fastest this season off a flat start, while Singaporean Quah Zheng Wen of UC Berkeley is second with 21.13sec.

Schooling is pencilled in for the men's 50-yd free on Friday morning, the 100-yd fly on Saturday and the 200-yd fly on Sunday. He could also feature in the 400-yd medley relay on Friday, and the 200-yd freestyle relay on Saturday.

The Big 12 Conference comprises 10 schools from five states in the US and has a short-course yard (25-yard laps) format.