Swimming: Joseph Schooling picks up US collegiate Swimmer of the Week honours


Joseph Schooling was named the Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Week.
Joseph Schooling was named the Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Week.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Joseph Schooling was named the Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Week on Thursday (Nov 2), completing a sweep by his school the University of Texas for the second round of the 2017-18 season's bi-weekly swimming and diving awards.

The Singaporean had beaten World Championships conqueror Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly on Oct 20 at a triangular swim meet involving their respective universities, touching home first in 46.57 seconds.

Schooling's individual performance was not matched by the Texas men's swimming and diving team at the meet however, as they finished third (98 points) behind Indiana University (191) and Dressel's University of Florida (140).

The women's team did better to come up on top with 190 points, ahead of Indiana (172.5) in second and Florida (66.5) third.

Fellow Texas Longhorns Claire Adams, who won the 200-yard backstroke at the meet, Jordan Windle and Meghan O'Brien won Female Swimmer, Male Diver and Female Diver of the week respectively.

The Big 12 conference, featuring schools from the American Midwest region, is one of the five strongest on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) calendar.

Schooling had also tried his hand at breaststroke events during the meet, clocking the second-fastest breaststroke split of the medley relay field (24.64sec), behind Indiana's Ian Finnerty (24.38sec).

The 22-year-old later finished ninth in the individual 100m breast in 57.81sec, posting the second-fastest time for Texas.