Joe Schooling: “I had a stomach virus since thursday” (Video)

Reported by Robert Gibbs.

200 YARD BUTTERFLY – FINALS

Senior Jack Conger earned his first individual title in the last individual race of his NCAA career, and he did it in record fashion, setting the fourth US Open and American Record of the evening.  Conger went out in 21.65, way ahead of record pace, built a body length lead by the 150, and ultimately touched in 1:37.35, over six-tenths faster than the previous US Open Record, set by Conger’s Texas teammate Joseph Schooling at last year’s NCAA.

California swimmer Zheng Quah and Andrew Seliskar ran 2nd and 3rd behind Conger for most of the race.  Quah held his place, touching in 1:38.83, which makes him the 3rd-fastest swimmer ever, behind only Conger and Schooling.  Georgia junior Gunnar Bentz is known for strong final 50s no matter what the event, stormed home in 25.25, almost a second faster than anyone else in the field, to pick up 3rd in 1:40.07.  Teammate Pace Clark touched in 1:40.41, followed by NC State’s Andreas Vazaois in 1:40.80.  Seliskar’s faded to 6th, finishing in 1:40.91.  Arizona’s Justin Wright took 7th in 1:40.94, while Georgia’s Chase Kalisz was disqualified for a false start.

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startschanginginstall
4 years ago

Does anyone else think this sounds a little sketchy? If the illness was legit, he was just allowed to stay within close quarters of not only his teammates but other competitors for the entire weekend? Sounds like a poor excuse for a disappointing individual performance from Schooling.

Obee
Reply to  startschanginginstall
4 years ago

Not at all! If you watch the video he gives full credit to Caleb Dressel and states that even if he was 100% healthy he doesn’t know if he could’ve beat them. He blames his poor performance on a lack of training in early season . Schooling is a class act.

Tocquerville
Reply to  startschanginginstall
4 years ago

what a lame excuse. be a sports gentleman. admit you will lose to cogner. arrogant and complacent leads to fall. Thats what is happening to Schooling now.

Hoosier
Reply to  Tocquerville
4 years ago

He didn’t make any excuses, did you hear him “this is not an excuse” he is a real class act and did not mention himself once during the interview, he “gave credit to where credit is due” and gave thanks to his team and coached

dmswim
Reply to  Hoosier
4 years ago

That’s sort of like saying “no offense” before you say something offensive.

Uberfan
4 years ago
Swimfan
Reply to  Uberfan
4 years ago

Hahahaha, Awesome!

Swimfan
4 years ago

Glad to see this interview and hear the story behind the 200 fly miss. OK, well, I will take his sick reason at face value now, mostly because he said it in front of Conger and especially because I don’t want to believe he ducked the competition, not only Conger but his fellow Singaporean who would have surely beat him if Joe managed to make it into the finals. I think that would have been harder for Joe to live down than losing to Conger, his friend and teammate. If Joe went head-to-head in the Finals with his fellow Singaporean Zheng Quah, then I think Joe would have lost massive status back home. All they would remember back home is… Read more »

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Swimfan
4 years ago

Yeah, if the other Singaporean had beaten him, Joe’s parents would probably have to close their new Joseph Schooling School for Kids Who Don’t Swim Good and Want to Do Other Good Stuff Too.

SWIMFAN
Reply to  Attila the Runt
4 years ago

Yeah, either that or change the name of the school to Kids Who Duck Competition and Make Excuses While Saying They Aren’t, probably just as catchy

Bakstroke
4 years ago
Pvdh
4 years ago

43.7 still makes me think otherwise.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Yeah, he had a fever, but he didn’t get enough cowbell. Gotta have more cowbell, guys.

Swimfan
4 years ago

Another take away from this meet about Joe’s performance is that he really swam great! His relay splits were blazing fast and did a lifetime best in the 100 fly, broke the 44 second barrier, and broke all the US Open, NCAA, etc records. He backed up his talk before the race and took down Tom Shields’ record like he indicated that he would. All great and awesome – it’s just that Caleb did it one better and beat him. But that should not take away from Joe’s performance in any way. Great job – lifetime best and broke the records he wanted. Caleb was just superhuman.

R&R
Reply to  Swimfan
4 years ago

I’ve read a few times on these comment sections during the meet about breaking a record while finishing *not* first. This should be obvious, but the winner of the race breaks whatever record before anyone else in the race… once anyone else touches, there is a new record… So no, Joe did not break the record. Yes, it was a good great swim, but his goal was not to finish second.

I expect him to come back with a serious fire in his belly next season. 43 low, 1:36. We’ll see what Dressel brings.

Swimfan
Reply to  R&R
4 years ago

It doesn’t go in the record book because he didn’t come in first, but they both broke the old record. The fastest of the two gets recorded, not sure why you are quibbling about this. Just like the in the 1650, the top 4 swimmers all broke the old record but only Clark’s time is recorded because he is the fastest of the 4 that broke the old record.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  R&R
4 years ago

I don’t think we have to worry about what Dressel brings. He ALWAYS brings it. Joe, on the other hand, picks and chooses.

Cmon
Reply to  Attila the Runt
4 years ago

Always in individual events. He did split like 44.4 in the fly from a relay start the day before going 43.5 flat start.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Cmon
4 years ago

“Always in individual events”? Anyone else in the world dropping sub-18 50’s, have the stones to lead off the last relay, swim balls-out in prelims and finals of relays? Schooling went a 20 point and a 45 in prelims of the two medley relays. Hardest job in swimming is to be the fastest guy and lead off.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Swimfan
4 years ago

And Conger (superhuman).

TXSWIMDAD
Reply to  Swimfan
4 years ago

Agree. The good news: those who had previously been wasting their time piling on Smith for one bad meet can now turn to getting on Schooling for one bad swim. Haters gonna hate so be it

swumdogmillionaire
4 years ago

Conger has that “I can’t believe I am about to get caught up in another lie” look when Schooling is talking about being sick. I’m sorry but I don’t buy what Schooling is saying at all. I am not going to try to convince anybody else, I am just stating what I think. I welcome disagreement.

Swimfan
Reply to  swumdogmillionaire
4 years ago

Hahaha! Well said. I just try to make myself take his story at face value but I don’t want to believe otherwise. I looked at the video again and saw what you are saying about Conger’s reaction.

Swimfan
Reply to  swumdogmillionaire
4 years ago

* because I don’t want to believe otherwsie

go joe
Reply to  swumdogmillionaire
4 years ago

Conger said that its 12 months until his record gets taken down by schooling i dont think he thought joseph was lying

Attila the Runt
Reply to  go joe
4 years ago

Yeah, well Smith said his 500 record was “soft” and would be taken down. That’s just how humble, class guys are —– especially ones who have been bludgeoned on these boards over the years.

Steve Nolan
4 years ago

He’s got a very specific virus; it’s dormant in races 100y or shorter. Anything longer and WHOO BOY it’ll get ya.

David
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Can you actually swim? Just curious.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  David
4 years ago

Yes, but my virus kicks in after 50y.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Well played, Sir.

Attila the Runt
Reply to  Steve Nolan
4 years ago

Imagine how bad the virus would have gotten if he’d been next to Conger going out in 45.7? They would have had to clear the pool for cleaning.

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