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.