The next in a line of reports that have been very frequent during this conference championship season, Texas freshman Joseph Schooling split 19.66 in the 50 fly.
That ties him for the fastest-ever butterfly split on a 200 medley relay, and the fastest-ever in textile. In 2009, Michigan’s Chris Brady and Auburn’s Matt Targett also both split 19.66’s on their respective medley relays.
The previous fastest 50 fly relay split in textile was, ironically, not a 50 fly at all. In 2013, at the NCAA Championships, in finals of the 400 medley relay, Cal’s Tom Shields split 19.68 on the first-half of his 100 fly relay split. That’s faster than the 19.71 that he swam his 50 fly in during the 200 medley relay.
The Texas men won that relay in 1:24.64. They had already been 1:23.88 earlier this season, which leads the country, and Schooling, like most of Texas’ top swimmers, is unshaven for this meet.
The all-time fastest 200 yard medley relay, based on fastest-known pertinent splits, now reads:
- Backstroke: Junya Koga (Japan) – 20.35
- Breaststroke: Peter John Stevens (Slovenia) – 22.72
- Butterfly: Brady (USA)/Targett (Australia)/Schooling (Singapore) – 19.66
- Freestyle: Morozov (Russia) – 17.86
Those times aggregate to 1:20.54. Comparatively, the fastest time in history (U.S. Open Record) for a real relay is 1:22.27, done by the University of Michigan in 2013.