Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling enjoyed a dream debut in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships which ended on Sunday morning Singapore time, finishing with two individual titles to help lift the University of Texas to its 11th national title.
The 19-year-old freshman swept both the butterfly titles in stellar timings. He first won the 100-yard butterfly event in 44.51 seconds, the second-fastest short-course time in NCAA history. It was shy of Stanford's Austin Staab's 44.18 effort set in 2009. But it made Schooling the first from Texas to bag the event since American Olympic gold medallist Ian Crocker in 2004.
Schooling then won the much-anticipated 200-yard fly, clocking 1:39.62 for the gold, a time that is the third-fastest in American college history. He beat team-mate Jack Conger who finished second, and Michigan's Dylan Bosch - both of whom own the two faster timings in NCAA records.
His two titles made him the first Longhorn to sweep the 100 and 200 butterfly at the NCAA meet and accounted of half of the Texas Longhorns' four individual titles. Schooling was also part of the men's 400-yard medley relay team that set a new NCAA record.
Such was the dominance of the Texas Longhorns that the team had virtually sealed the title even before the final day of the three-day meet in Iowa. Their final score of 528 points put them head and shoulders above their closest challengers and defending champions California (399). Michigan was third with 312 points.