Swimming: Joseph Schooling shows expanded repertoire with personal best in backstroke event in Texas meet

 Joseph Schooling at the Singtel Comcentre Plaza during his victory parade in August 2016.
Joseph Schooling at the Singtel Comcentre Plaza during his victory parade in August 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Butterfly specialist Joseph Schooling showed his proficiency in his other strokes when he clocked a personal best in the backstroke event on Friday (Sept 29) in the United States at the Texas Men Orange vs White intrasquad meet.

The 100m fly Olympic champion won the 100-yard back final in 46.29 seconds, ahead of Austin Katz (46.81sec) and Ryan Harty (47.07sec) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Texas.

Schooling's time was the fastest in the 2017/18 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season - which started earlier this month - and more significantly, was 0.99sec quicker than his previous best of 47.28sec set at the Texas Invitational in 2014.

The 22-year-old, who has also won two World Championships bronze medals in the 100m fly, has stated on several occasions of his desire to expand his repertoire and race in different strokes instead of only the fly.

He had previously spoken of adding the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley to his list for the 2020 Olympics.

Schooling, who won six golds at last month's SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, also won the 50-yard free final in 19.32sec, beating Brett Ringgold (19.79sec) and Tate Jackson (20.36sec).

Schooling's personal best in the 50-yard free is 18.76sec set at this year's Big 12 Championships in Austin.

The University of Texas undergraduate also finished first in the 200-yard fly in 1min 41.77sec, ahead of Sam Pomajevich (1:46.98) and Max Holter (1:48.69).

The Texas men's team next competition is a double meet against Indiana and Florida in Gainesville from Oct 20-21.