Joseph Schooling Splits 19.68 on 200 Medley at Texas Class Relays

The Texas men’s swimming & diving teams held their annual Class Relay Meets on Thursday, and the results were the most encouraging results yet this season for the defending NCAA Champions.

In the meet, which is one of many uniquely-formatted intrasquad meets  (which are more like glorified full-speed practices) employed by Texas head coach Eddie Reese every season, the swimmers compete in a 200 medley relay and 200 free relay by class. That is to say, an all-star relay of freshmen compete against an all-star relay of sophomores, against one of juniors, against one of seniors, in each of two relays.

Last year’s meet saw some incredible splits from Townley Haas and Joseph Schooling, both of whom would go on to win multiple NCAA titles in individual events.

This year saw more fireworks from the pair, along with their teammates.

The best splits in each race, regardless of class:

200 medley

200 free relay

Among the highlights:

  • The aggregate time of the medley relay was 1:23.18, which would’ve beaten all but 3 relays at NCAAs last year. Texas placed 3rd at NCAAs in 1:22.75 with the same 3 legs, except for the now-graduated John Murray. He split 19.15 in finals for the Longhorns – Haas split 18.70 on Thursday.
  • While Schooling wasn’t quite as fast as he was in the 200 medley relay finals at NCAAs in 2016 (19.36), his split was better than prelims (19.72) and also faster than any other split at NCAAs from last season. After a rocky start to the season, Schooling’s performance on Thursday says he’s rounding into form just in time for championship season to start.
  • Texas won the 200 free relay at NCAAs last year with Brett Ringgold, Schooling, Jack Conger, and Murray combining for a 1:14.88. On relative terms, their 1:16.47 on Thursday wasn’t as impressive as the medley relay aggregate, though it was on a relatively quick turnaround. Schooling’s 18.87 was the only sub-19 split on Thursday – he was 18.53 to lead the Longhorns at NCAAs last year as well.
  • Jack Conger, Will Licon, and the seniors won the 200 medley relay, while the sophomores, including both Haas and Shebat, won the 200 free relay. Last season, the class that are now sophomores won both relays as freshmen.

Full splits and videos will be available shortly.

Watch Texas senior PJ Dunne hold of an 18.70 split from Townley Haas on the anchor for the win:

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JTspot

Just waiting for the wolfpack trolls to come runnin

Homie

Sadly they are not as good as Texas!

Swimfan

I agree. They aren’t. But it would be fun to watch a new team challenging the old school teams in March!

Side eye Joe

I’ll say last years Wolfpack was deadlier in the free relays with Bilis. Bonk hasn’t really flourished in their system yet but we’ll see at conference

Swimfan

I’d keep my eyes on Justin Ress… split 19.1 this past weekend.

Geazy

That guy is a talent, massive amount of range

Joe

I think it probably makes the most sense for Licon to swim the 100 breast instead of the 400 IM on Day 3, especially if they’re gonna use him on their 200 MR. His 100 split in his 200 breast last year would have placed 3rd in the individual 100, which is insane (and a testament to how weak the 100 breast was (and will probably be again this year), relatively speaking). Meanwhile if Kalisz is on his game it seems unlikely that Licon will win the 400 IM.

Oh yeah, fast times all. Shebat just keeps improving.

Person

I would agree with Licon doing the 100 breast instead of the 400 IM, and that’s what I’d like to see anyway. 100 breast is still relatively open, probably a 50.9 wins it, which Licon could go. Also 400 IM really is stacked, and with Kalisz looking good Licon’s chances are much better in the 100. He seems to have recovered well from the injury earlier in the season, but I feel like he doesn’t quite have the endurance for a 400 IM at the moment.

Uberfan

Wait did he really go a 51 for his first split?

Joe

Yep 51.81

NYC Unicorn

Picture of Jack but Schooling’s headline. Poor Jack, he has to beat him once this year. It will happen in the 2 fly if Joe swims it and doesn’t swim the 100 free instead.

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