Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Schooling Fires Back

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It’s fast becoming one of swimming’s most fun rivalries.

Where King-vs-Efimova centers around a topic that’s perhaps too serious and impassioned to be fun and Park-vs-Sun kind of died off in a hurry, the budding Joseph SchoolingCaeleb Dressel rivalry is fast becoming the most fun rivalry in the sport.

Schooling and Dressel were club teammates with the Bolles School Sharks. They traded a national high school record back and forth in the 100 fly over their high school careers, and were ranked as #1A and #1B in their NCAA recruiting class back in 2013. They were co-NCAA Swimmers of the Year in 2016, and put together one of the most exciting races of the year in 2017, with Dressel upsetting Schooling for the national 100 fly title.

Now, the two are trading statement swims heading into the World Championships in that same event. Dressel won U.S. Nationals a few weeks back, going 50.87 to rocket to the #1 ranking worldwide. Schooling, never a shy presence in the media, responded soon after with a claim that he had gone 50.7 in practice the day after Dressel’s swim.

While that claim felt to some like a friendly (perhaps joking) jab at his former teammate, Schooling backed up his words with a 50.96 at Austin Sectionals on Saturday night.

The defending Olympic champ in the event, Schooling originally made his name internationally by knocking off the legendary Michael Phelps at the end of the Rio Olympics. Primarily a butterflier, Schooling is not only Singapore’s best swimmer (and first Olympic gold medalist in any sport) but also the best in all of Southeast Asia. (He won 9 gold medals at the 2015 Southeast Asia Games and has 17 total golds from the 2011, 2013 and 2015 editions of the event).

Primarily a butterflier, he’ll take on the converted sprint freestyler Dressel. And after Schooling’s massive swim over the weekend (with his full taper still coming), that race should be one of the most-hyped of the 2017 World Championships.

 

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“Arguably” the best swimmer in Southeast Asia? Who is arguably his competition for that distinction?

Hard to Arguably Argue with that Argue

Contentious Discussion

I would argue that there are several arguable people who could argue for that distinction

ERVINFORTHEWIN

lol

Should have signed that sentence above with: sincerely yours, Argue

Mmmmm….
Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên?
Quah Zheng Wen?

not much competition. 🙂

I think some people might disagree due to swimmers from the past who have performed better than him at SEA games level, such as Patricia Chan and Joscelin Yeo, and rising stars such as Anh Vien and Quah Zheng Wen, but ultimately he’s definitely the best male South-east Asian swimmer, with Quah Zheng Wen rising in the ranks and close behind

This makes me even more exciting for the 100 fly at Worlds

excited* Sorry for the typo

Man! The 100 fly is going to be the most competitive event at worlds. With Le Clos, Schooling, Dressel and some other youngsters I will go grab my popcorn. Anyone could win!

200 free with Haas, Sun, Park is close

Don’t forget about Le Clos in the 200 free either…

Chad could win the 200, especially if he doesn’t swim it like a noob

AvidSwimFan

I’m almost sure Chad couldn’t win. He’ll find it hard just fighting for a minor medal. There’s Guy, Haas, Yang, & Park.

Getting silver in Rio with a strategy like his shows there is a lot of room for improvement. I agree with Swimmer, he could win it if he doesn’t pull a Vlad on the front half again.

Schoolingswimsbreastintokyo

Three rounds of that go-out-fast-or-die-trying strategy killed his legs for the fly events later on.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

too much competition for him to win – Sorry

Hater of swimvortex

I think Guy can medal.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Men’s 200 breast might have some serious business going on as well

Milak from Hungary could be that youngster 🙂

He’s got a better chance in the 200 Fly

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