Schooling Bows Out Of 50 Free On Final Night Of Singapore Nats


The 2018 Singapore National Swimming Championships wrapped up today at the OCBC Aquatic Centre with fans getting a glimpse of Olympic champion Joseph Schooling only in the morning heats. For the first time-ever, the competition includes a knock-out style competition for all of the 50m races, with 4 rounds taking place during the morning and evening sessions today.

Schooling was set to race both the 50m fly and 50m free rounds, but stuck to just the free this morning where he finished with the 2nd fastest time of the morning in 22.80. However, the 23-year-old would wind up scratching the remaining rounds, with Singapore Swimming stating, “National Head Coach and Performance Director Stephan Widmer has withdrawn Schooling from the 50 freestyle sprint races for this evening.”

The statement continued, “This week’s competition is part of the plan Widmer and his team has in place for Joseph. Having achieved the targets set, the coaching team has made the decision to withdraw from him the Finals and to work towards the next phase of his training for the upcoming Asian Games.”

In his absence, AquaTech Swimming’s Teong Tzen Wei broke though for the men’s 50m skins win. His final time of 22.52 wasn’t too far off of Schooling’s own national record fo 22.47 set at the 2015 SEA Games.

Additional men’s sprint winners were as follows:

  • 50m fly – Matthew Temple, Victoria, 24.36
  • 50m breast – Sandeep Sejwal, India, 27.59
  • 50m back – Kasipat Chograthin, Thailand, 25.77

A pair of 15-year-olds took home the 400m freestyle victories this evening, with Glen Lim notching his 2nd national record of the meet. After busting out a new 800m national mark on night one, the teen returned on the final night to capture the 400m free title in 3:54.12. His performances over the course of the meet earned Lim ‘Male MVP’ status.

His female counterpart led the 400m free wire-to-wire to earn the gold, with Gan Ching Hwee of Chinese Swimming Club winning the race in 4:17.37.

The ‘Female MVP’ award was handed to Christie Chue, tonight’s winner of the 50m freestyle knock-out rounds. She ultimately clocked a mark of 25.38 to win the event and establish a new meet record in the process.

Additional women’s sprint winners were as follows:

  • 50m fly – Quah Ting Wen, Singapore, 27.20
  • 50m breast – Roanne Ho, Singapore, 31.61
  • 50m back – Hoong En Qi, Singapore, 29.83

Indonesia’s Aflah Prawira took the men’s 400m IM in 4:26.14.

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Why does he always bow out? Why give up an opportunity to race? Scared of losing maybe


Could be a Florent manadou type of mentality where if there’s even a chance of him losing in season he won’t race

Ol' Longhorn

There’s a 100 percent chance of losing when he lines up against Dressel.


That’s what it is. He got shown up by an Indian swimmer in the 100. Losing to a no name swimmer when your “Singapore’s favorite son” at Singapore Nats doesn’t exactly instill confidence


That’s Jo for you

Tammy Touchpad Error

NCAAs I kind of get it but Singapore Nats???


This is what happens when losers hate to lose


So to prove herself to (potential) sponsors, KL went out and set a WR. Schooling however is struggling at his small nations championship after signing with Speedo.

I want schooling to succeed. His first two years at NCAAs were amazing and his gold medal at rio was amazing. His 2017 season was okay, but we started to see some warnings, and now he’s been a shell of himself in the 2018 season.

I think being Singapores golden boy got in his head, and he seems to lack that killer drive to be the best he had before Rio.


Joe has nothing to prove, especially to jealous keyboard bandits. He has achieved his goals, signed for $20 million in endorsements (compared to KL reported $7 million). He is a great person, friend and son who is giving back to the sport. He can move forward in his training as he and his coaches deem fit.

Ol' Longhorn

Apparently, he still has to prove he can swim prelims and finals OF A 50 FREE, for crying out loud.

Michael Schwartz

Sorry but if you sign with the biggest name in swimming for $20 million dollars (cough cough, would like to see where those figures came from, cough cough) then you have everything to prove. You don’t get an endorsement deal from Speedo solely based on past performances. You need to be able to have future successes. Speedo is a company and at the end of the day, the dollars need to add up. No medals…no World titles…good luck. This isn’t said to take away what he’s already achieved…but business is always business.


No argument here. on Joe being a great person, friend and son. I too struggle to understand why he seems to be off his “A” game. Perhaps it is an illness OR nutritional issue OR thinking “I am all that”. Being on the outside looking in I think we should celebrate his successes and support him as he continues try to work it out.


20 million. Lmao I’m dying. Where on earth did you pull that number from.


$20 million?…I think you added an extra zero…I expect he’s pushing $2 million, but would love to see some numbers on that.


He’s a professional who needs to show up. He has responsibilities to sponsors and ticket holders. I hope he doesn’t have your attitude. That would be pretty self absorbed.

Ol' Longhorn

Dressel broke him at NCAAs two years ago with that no-breath last 25 in the 100 fly. Athletes get broken by better athletes all the time.

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