SINGAPORE - Joseph Schooling's fine start to the year continued as he claimed two individual wins at the Arizona State University vs Texas meet on Friday (Jan 26 in Arizona, United States).
The 22-year-old Singaporean and 100m butterfly Olympic champion was victorious in the 100-yard and 200-yard fly events at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.
In the shorter race, Schooling, who is a senior at the University of Texas, clocked 47.37seconds to finish ahead of Arizona's Andrew Porter (47.71sec) and Patrick Park (48.37sec).
He also won the 200-yard in a time of 1min 44.48sec, ahead of Park (1:47.01) and UT's Sam Pomajevich (1:49.78).
While his times were slower than his personal bests (43.75sec and 1:37.97 respectively), it will server as a confidence boost for Schooling as he prepares for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships, which take place from March 21-24 in Minneapolis.
It is his last NCAA outing, after which he will turn professional.
He had won the 100 and 200-yard events at the NCAA in 2015 and 2016 but did not win an individual gold at last year's NCAA.
Earlier this month, in his first competitive outing of 2018, Schooling won the 100 and 200-yard events at the Texas v Auburn meet at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Centre.
Schooling has opted to focus on the NCAA and will not compete at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
His other major competition will be September's Asian Games in Indonesia where he is aiming to win three golds.
At the previous Asiad in Glasgow, Schooling won a gold (100m fly), silver (50m fly) and bronze (200m fly) medal.
He claimed a bronze in the 100m fly at last year's Fina World Championships in Budapest.